1707 ca. ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Dryden

Jabez Hughes, "Verses Occasion'd by Reading Mr. Dryden's Fables" 1707 ca.; Miscellanies in Verse and Prose (1737) 95-97.



As Years advance, th' abated soul in most
Sinks to low Ebb, in second Childhood lost;
And spoiling Age, dishonouring our Kind,
Robs all the Treasures of the wasted Mind;
With hov'ring Clouds obscures the muffled Sight,
And dim Suffusion of enduring Night:
But the rich Fervor of his rising Rage
Prevail'd o'er all th' Infirmities of Age;
And, unimpair'd by Injuries of Time,
Enjoy'd the Bloom of a perpetual Prime:
His Fire not less, he more correctly writ,
With ripen'd Judgment and digested Wit,
Yet shortly shall the Fascination break,
And BRITONS from their heavy Trance awake,
Exert themselves, and recognize thy Name,
With Honours due, and renovated Fame;
They MEMORY IMMORTAL shall revere,
With copious Praise and Gratitude sincere,
And hold this Say of their DELIV'RER dear.