1800 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Robert Lloyd

Thomas Dermody, in "The Pursuit of Patronage" Poems Moral and Descriptive (1800) 55-56.



Of Taste's bright PLEIADS a distinguish'd star,
Whose burnish'd glories still are beam'd afar,
What fair resource did LOYD in grandeur meet,
His earliest lustre sully'd in the FLEET;
With CHURCHILL mark him at the social board,
What charms they cull from Reason's festive hoard,
But all the pleasures of the feast remov'd,
Which HEBE might have serv'd, and GODS approv'd,
All the soft solace of the banquet o'er,
And, dire to pay, the long-protracted score,
How shall their host the vent'rous heroes quit,
Wit without money, money without wit,
Till PHOEBUS, muffled in the shaggy cloke
Of Bookseller, expound the knotty joke,
Soothe the CERBEREAN landlord with a fee,
Clear the tremendous bill, and set his fav'rites free.