1712 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Matthew Prior

John Gay, in "To Bernard Lintott" Poems and Translations (1712) 171-72.



Let Prior's Muse with soft'ning Accents move,
Soft as the strains of constant Emma's Love:
Or let his Fancy chuse some jovial Theme,
As when he told Hans Carvel's jealous Dream;
Prior th' admiring Reader entertains,
With Chaucer's Humour, and with Spencer's Strains.