1682 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Dryden

John Sheffield, in Essay upon Poetry (1682) 10.



A Satyr's Smile is sharper than his Frown.
So while you seem to scorn some Rival Youth,
Malice it self may pass sometimes for Truth.
The Laureat here may justly claim our praise,
Crown'd by Mac-Fleckno with immortal Bays;
Though prais'd and punish'd for another's Rimes,
His own deserve that glorious fate sometimes,
Were he not forc'd to carry now dead weight,
Rid by some Lumpish Minister of State.