1700 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Richard Flecknoe

Samuel Wesley, in Epistle Concerning Poetry (1700) 5.



STYLE is the Dress of Thought; a modest Dress,
Neat, but not gaudy, will true Critics please:
Not Fleckno's Drugget, nor a worse Extream
All daub'd with Point and Gold at every Seam:
Who only Antique Words affects, appears
Like old King Harry's Court, all Face and Ears;
Nor in a Load of Wig thy Visage shrowd,
Like Hairy Meteors glimm'ring through a Cloud:
Happy are those who here the Medium know,
We hate alike a Sloven and a Beau.