1795 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Dryden

Anonymous, "Dryden" Federal Orrery [Boston] 2 (25 May 1795) 246.



Rehearse Theban lyre -- the praise rehearse,
Of him who made the Mantuan bard our own;
Sweet modulator of the British verse,
Whose flowing lays the Nine with glory crown,
Whether the classic bards with lustre shine,
Or Satire teaches in thy works divine!
Whether Timotheus rapt atttunes the lyre,
Charging the soul with more than mortal fire;
Still does thy verse, Oh Dryden, clear and strong,
Bear wth its force sublime the ravished sense along.