1749 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Samuel Butler

Anonymous, in Westminster Abbey, an Heroic Poem (1749) 19-21.



See BUTLER! Champion bold 'gainst umbrag'd Vice,
Who pluck'd the Mask from Saintship in Disguise.
With Sneer satyric claim'd the wreathing Bays,
Yet wanted ev'ry Thing, save barren Praise:
Pin'd in penurious State, unhappy Bard!
Starv'd with Applause, and wrote without Reward.
'Till LONDON'S gen'rous Mayor thro' grateful Sense
Of Worth neglected, unpriz'd Excellence;
Lest dark Oblivion shou'd eclipse his Fame,
This Tomb erected, sacred to his Name.