1737 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Milton

Alexander Pope, in Epistle to Augustus, 1737; Works, ed. Warton (1796-97) 4:161.



Spenser himself affects the Obsolete,
And Sydney's verse halts ill on Roman feet:
Milton's strong pinion now not Heav'n can bound,
Now serpent-like, in prose he sweeps the ground,
In Quibbles, Angel and Archangel join,
And God the Father turns a School-Divine.
Not that I'd lop the Beauties from his book,
Like slashing Bentley with his desp'rate Hook.