1695 ca. ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir Richard Blackmore

Anonymous, [On Blackmore's King Arthur] 1695 ca.; Collection of Epigrams (1727) No. CDXXXV.



The British Arthur, as historians tell,
Deriv'd his birth from Merlin's magick spell;
When Uter, taking the wrong'd husband's shape,
On fair Igerne did commit a rape:
But modern Arthur, of the Cheapside line,
May justly boast his parentage divine;
Wearing thy phyz, and in thy habit drest,
The god of dulness his lewd dam comprest.