1734 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

James Ralph

Anonymous, "To Mr. Baevius" Grub-Street Journal (5 September 1734).



You mention RALPH, dear BAVY, in your last,
As if indeed a man of slender taste;
Whereas he threats to hack and hew them all.
In painting, with the help of JACK, his crony,
Good lord! what work he's made with AMICONI!
And to be more accomplish'd still has JACK'S word,
He'll make him soon a match for FIG at back-sword:
Whilst, in return for all his favours, he
Shall teach his friend to read his A B C.
Then both at once shall charm the town, with writing,
Judging, painting, building, poetry, and fighting.