1670 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Dryden

Richard Flecknoe, "To Mr. John Dreyden" Epigrams of all Sorts (1670) 70.



Dreyden the Muses darling and delight,
Than whom none ever flew so high a flight,
Some have their vains so drosie, as from earth,
Their Muses onely seem to have tane their birth.
Others but water-Poets are, have gon
No farther than to th' Fount of Helicon:
And they'r but aiery ones, whose Muse soars up
No higher than to mount Parnassus top;
Whilst thou, with thine, dost seem to have mounted higher,
Then he who fetcht from Heaven Celestial fire:
And dost as far surpass all others, as
Fire does all other Elements surpass.