1737 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Dryden

Alexander Pope, in Epistle to Augustus (1737); Works, ed. Warton (1796-97) 4:189.



We conquer'd France, but felt our Captive's charms;
Her Arts victorious triumph'd o'er our Arms:
Britain to soft refinements less a foe,
Wit grew polite, and Numbers learn'd to flow.
Waller was smooth; but Dryden taught to join
The varying verse, the full resounding line,
The long majestic March, and Energy divine.
Tho' still some traces of our rustic vein
And splay-foot verse, remain'd, and will remain.