1805
ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

[A Parody.]

City Gazette and Daily Advertiser (18 July 1805).

Anonymous


An unsigned burlesque of Nicholas Rowe's Collin's Complaint reprinted in Charleston "From a New-York Paper."

Headnote: "The following is an excellent Quiz upon the affected, minute, and vulgar style, so much in vogue among modern bards."



By the side of a murmuring stream,
As an elderly Gentleman sat,
On the top of his Head was a Wig,
And a top of his Wig was his Hat.

The wind it blew high and blew strong,
As the elderly Gentleman sat,
And bore from his head in a trice
And plug'd in the river his Hat.

The Gentleman then took his Can,
Which lay by his side as he sat,
And he dropt in the river his Wig
In attempting to get out his Hat.

His breast it grew cold with despair,
And full in his eye madness sat,
So he flung in the river his Cane,
To swim with his Wig and his Hat.

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