1759 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Woty

Jack Meggott, "To Mr. James Copywell, on his writing under that Title" Universal Chronicle 2 (3 November 1759) 346.



When Merit from the Public Eye withdraws,
Then most it gains, when most it shuns, Applause;
And by relinquishing its rightful claim,
Raises a lasting monument to Fame.
How few, like thee, would thus forego the Praise,
That Envy, blushing, must allow thy Lays;
How few, whose Modesty would leave the Age,
To come, in doubt if Pope's or Gay's the Page:
But of their own Deserts the Heralds prove;
So strong is Pride, so powerful is Self love.
Hence learn, Ill-nature, (tho' th' Example's rare)
That Modesty may be a Poet's Share.