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Pindar 1782
Pindar 1782
Peter Pindar (1738-1819)
Lyric Odes to the Royal Academicians for MDCCLXXXII, by Peter Pindar, Esq., a distant relation of the Poet of Thebes, and Laureate to the Academy
London, UK
1782
Primary published
Printed and sold by T. Egerton, Baldwin and Debrett
1st edition
Peter Pindar, whose real name was John Wolcot, trained as a physician and clergyman before moving to London in 1780 and making his name as author and satirist. Among his first targets were members of the Royal Academy and in his Lyric Odes he referred to Wilson's tragic decline in his later years but foresaw correctly that his works would be back in fashion a hundred years after his death.
'But, honest Wilson, never mind; Immortal praises thou shalt find; And for a dinner have no cause to fear; Thou start'st at my prophetic Rhymes; Don't be impatient for those times; Wait till thou hast been dead a hundred year' Lyric Odes, p. 27, Ode VI, last verse
08/05/2019