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" Of praise a mere glutton, he swallow'd what came, And the puff of a dunce he mistook it for fame; Till his relish grown callous, almost to disease, Who pepper'd the highest was surest to please. But let us be candid, and speak out our mind, If dunces... "
The Hibernian Magazine, Or, Compendium of Entertaining Knowledge - Page 292
1774
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W.H. Auden's Book of Light Verse

Wystan Hugh Auden - Poetry - 2004 - 553 pages
...callous, almost to disease, Who peppered the highest was surest to please. But let us be candid, and speak out our mind, If dunces applauded, he paid them in kind. Ye Kenricks, ye Kellys, and Woodfalls so grave, What a commerce was yours, while you got and you gave ! How did Grub Street re-echo...
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