1750 ca. ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Samuel Butler

Charles Wesley, 1750 ca.; in Robert Southey, Specimens of the Later English Poets (1807) 1:369.



While Butler, needy wretch, was yet alive,
No generous patron would a dinner give:
See him, when starv'd to death and turn'd to dust,
Presented with a monumental bust!
The poet's fate is here an emblem shown,
He ask'd for bread, and he received a stone.