1683 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Edward Howard

John Oldham, in "A Satyre" Oldham, Poems and Translations (1683) 169.



How many Poems writ in ancient time,
Which thy Fore-fathers had in great esteem,
Which in the crowded Shops bore any rate,
And sold like News-Books, and Affairs of State,
Have grown contemptible, and slighted since,
As Pordig, Fleckno, or the British Prince?