1683 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Samuel Butler

John Oldham, in "A Satyr" Poems and Translations (1683) 173-74.



On Butler who can think without just Rage,
The Glory, and the Scandal of the Age?
Fair stood his hopes, when first he came to Town,
Met every where with welcomes of Renown,
Courted, and lov'd by all, with wonder read,
And promises of Princely Favour fed:
But what Reward for all had he at last,
After a Life in dull expectance pass'd?
The Wretch at summing up his mis-spent days
Found nothing left, but Poverty, and Praise:
Of all his Gains by Verse he could not save
Enough to purchase Flannel, and a Grave:
Reduc'd to want, he in due time fell sick,
Was fain to die, and be interr'd on tick:
And well might bless the Fever that was sent,
To rid him hence, and his worse Fate prevent.