Allan Ramsay

Does anyone aside from me now read the poetry of Leonard Welsted? If Welsted is mentioned at all today, it is usually in the context of book three of The Dunciad, where he was memorably mocked in a parody of the famous apostrophe to the Thames from Sir John Denham’s topographical poem, “Cooper’s Hill”. Denham had praised the Thames as a river proper to inspire a poet because it reconciled within itself apparently discordant qualities:

O could I flow like thee, and make thy streamMy great example, as it is my theme!Tho’ deep, yet clear; tho’ gentle, yet not dull;Strong, without rage; without o’erflowing, full.