1709 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Dryden

Isaac Watts, "On the Death of the Duke of Gloucester, just after Mr. Dryden. 1700" Watts, Horae Lyricae (1709) 279.



DRYDEN is dead, DRYDEN alone could sing
The full-grown Glories of a future King.
Now GLOSTER dies: Thus lesser Heroes live
By that Immortal Breath that Poets give;
And scarce survive the Muse: But WILLIAM stands,
Nor asks his Honours from the Poets Hands.
WILLIAM shall shine without a DRYDEN'S Praise,
His Laurels are not grafted on the Bays.