ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
Anonymous, "To the Author" Howard, Spencer Redivivus (1687) sig. A8.
1669: Sir John Denham
1669: Thomas Hobbes
1669: Roger Boyle
1670: Richard Flecknoe
1670 ca.: Samuel Butler
1670 ca.: Dr. S.
1680 ca.: John Lord Vaughan
1680: Earl of Rochester
1683: John Oldham
1694: Earl of Dorset
1742: Alexander Pope
1780: John Nichols
Well to improve dead Author, and refine
His proper worth, resembleth power divine.
Or as Faith does of Resurrection tell,
When Souls by future Glory shall excel.
Thus does your Pen in this your Work provide,
That Spencer's Fame shall still renew'd abide,
So clear by you his deep Invention's told,
That in your words him perfect I behold.
His Stanza's, Language, old as Saxon Rhyme,
From you receive fit Epithites and Chime.
What could your pregnant Genius higher raise,
Than with smooth Verse to polish ancient Bayes?
Of English, he had the most the Epicke Vein,
And first does by your Lines advantage gain.
I'le not trust Painters, who no Pencil say
Can warmly liken Life the copy'd way.
Since I affirm, that Spencer figur'd here
Does in his lively Pattern best appear.
And who reads that with a discerning mind,
Must wish that more of him such Change may find:
Or be your happy Emulator seen
In copying, where you leave, the Fairy Queen.