1700 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Dryden

Thomas Hearne, 1700; Reliquae Hearniae, ed. Bliss (1869) 2:268n.



On Tuesday, April 30th, 1700, about nine o'clock in the evening died John Dryden, esq. the celebrated poet, aged 69, leaving behind him 80 per annum to his wife, and as much to his son, with a new comedy in MS. About two days before his death he finished a satyr against sir Richard Blackmore, with as much spirit and vigour, as if it had been wrote in the flower of his age.