1766 ca. ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir Richard Blackmore

Samuel Pegge, 1766 ca; in Anonymiana, or Ten Centuries of Observations on various Authors and Subjects (1809) 127.



CENTURY III. XCIX.

A Parody by the late Dr. James Drake, then an undergraduate of St. John's College Cambridge, on those famous lines of Mr. Dryden's under Milton's Picture.

Three Richards liv'd in Brunswick's glorious reign,
In Westminster the first, the next in Warwick Lane,
In Dumbleton the third; each daughty Knight,
In spite of Nature, was resolv'd to write.
The first in penury of thought surpass'd,
The next in rumbling cant; in both the last.
The force of Dulness could no farther go,
To make the third she joyn'd the former two.

1. Sir Richard Steele.
2. Sir Richard Cox.
3. Sir Richard Blackmore.