1822 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Edward Thurlow

James Harley, in The Press, or Literary Chit-Chat. A Satire (1822) 61-62 &n.



HOCUS.
Erskine is not the only scribbling peer,
Lo! Thurlow's rhymes their brainless ghosts uprear—*

JOCUS.
Ay, let him write, and let those read who choose,
The lumb'ring pages of his awkward muse!
Alas! the Teian Sage by Thurlow doom'd
To stalk on earth his beauties all consum'd.

POCUS.
Just as Catullus hath been forced to wear
Lambe's mouthing accent and pedantic air.

* "Why ghosts?" inquires the reader. Alas! are they not dead? It is well the rhythm did not require a word of two syllables, as I fear "spirits" would have been too ironical.