1712 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Dryden

Bezaleel Morrice, in Essay on the Poets (1712; 1721) 23-24.



Wou'd Ye in decent, sly, and artful Rage,
With rival Wits adventrously engage?
Remark the celebrated Dryden well,
Who do's in this triumphantly excel;
The sharpness of a Satire's scornful smile
Is fully seen in his ironic Style;
This in Mac Fleckno is compleatly shown,
The skilfull'st Pattern Britain yet has known:

Wou'd Ye in decent, sly, and artful Rage,
With rival Wits adventrously engage?
Remark the celebrated Dryden well,
Who do's in this triumphantly excel;
The sharpness of a Satire's scornful smile
Is fully seen in his ironic Style;
This in Mac Fleckno is compleatly shown,
The skilfull'st Pattern Britain yet has known:

Wou'd Ye in decent, sly, and artful Rage,
With rival Wits adventrously engage?
Remark the celebrated Dryden well,
Who do's in this triumphantly excel;
The sharpness of a Satire's scornful smile
Is fully seen in his ironic Style;
This in Mac Fleckno is compleatly shown,
The skilfull'st Pattern Britain yet has known:

Wou'd Ye in decent, sly, and artful Rage,
With rival Wits adventrously engage?
Remark the celebrated Dryden well,
Who do's in this triumphantly excel;
The sharpness of a Satire's scornful smile
Is fully seen in his ironic Style;
This in Mac Fleckno is compleatly shown,
The skilfull'st Pattern Britain yet has known.