1742 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Bankes

Alexander Pope, in The Dunciad (1742); Works, ed. Warton (1796-97) 5:101-02 & n.



Here swells the shelf with Ogilby the great;
There, stamp'd with arms, Newcastle shines complete;
Here the suff'ring brotherhood retire,
And 'scape the martyrdom of jakes and fire:
A Gothic Library! of Greece and Rome
Well purg'd, and worthy Settle, Banks, and Broome.

Banks was his [Settle's] Rival in Tragedy (tho' more successful) in one of his Tragedies, the Earl of Essex, which is yet alive: Anna Boleyn, the Queen of Scots, and Cyrus the Great, are dead and gone. These he drest in a sort of Beggar's Velvet, or a happy mixture of the thick Fustian, and thin Prosaic; exactly imitated in Perolla and Isidora, Caesar in Egypt, and the Heroic Daughter. Warburton.