The World as it goes, a Poem. By the Author…

~ The World as it goes, a Poem. By the Author of the Diaboliad. Dedicated to one of the best Men in his Majesty’s Dominions, &c.... The second Edition. London: Printed for J. Bew... 1779.

4to (254 × 205 mm) in half-sheets, pp. [4], 37, [1]; without the half-title; disbound.

Second edition, ‘apparently a reimpression of the first edition [also 1779], with the titlepage partly reset’ (ESTC). ‘Under the similitude of a dream this manly satirist describes the Muse, to whom he particularly devotes himself, as exhibiting a picture of the world as it goes. The more prominent parts of the piece are, The Temple of Friendship, the Palace of Self-Interest, The Den of Adultery, and the Castle of Freedom... Success is too apt to beget indolenace and inattention: this, however, is not the case with our present Author. The poem before us is certainly equal, if not superior, to any thing he has hitherto published’ (Monthly Review). Jackson, p. 76.

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