1730 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Matthew Concanen

Anonymous, "From the Pegasus in Grub-street" Grub-Street Journal (9 July 1730).



As when that celebrated Harlot JOAN
'Gainst nature's laws usurp'd the Papal throne;
Passing in solemn pomp the streets of Rome,
She fell in labour near S. CLEMENT'S Dome;
In miserable notes her Bastard cry'd,
And, with its mother, soon as born, it dy'd.

Thus scribling Wights, for verse, or prose unfit
By nature form'd, usurp the char of wit;
Pregnant in garret made, with woful strains
In streets bring forth the off-spring of their brains:
Near CLEMENT'S Church, where BROWN and MEARS, and CLAY
With Mid-wife hand unbar the gates of day;
On stalls expos'd the Brats neglected lye
Unsold; mean while the famish'd Parents dye.

But SPONDEE cries, Your Simile is lame;
The difference too great in parts, and fame:
More wit and learning grac'd that mitred Whore,
Than C[oo]ke, C[oncane]n, W[elste]d, M[oore].