1734 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Joseph Mitchell

Anonymous, "To the Lad, who wrote Verses in answer to those on Wit" Grub-Street Journal (3 October 1734).



To judge of WIT, pert clerk, make no pretence;
But get to school, and learn thy Accidence.
To some-body's indulgence, FIELDING, FROWDE,
POPE, WELSTED, YOUNG, you'll say, "by turns have ow'd."
Ow'd what? — To thee, 'tis plain, they nothing owe,
Whose puzzled pate cannot thy meaning show:
Nor is it possible for man to guess,
If praise or satyr, boy, thou would'st express.