1701 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Edmund Waller

Anonymous, "On Reading Mr. Waller's Poems" A Collection of Poems (1701) 391.



Inhuman Sacharissa! not to love
The Man, whose Verse wou'd Rocks to pity move:
E're since Amphion Sung, they Sense retain,
And Verse may soften all things but Disdain.
As Him the pointed Lightning of your Eyes,
Me the bright Beauties of his Wit surprize.
In vain like Him I sigh, in vain I mourn,
For Waller's Muse has Sacharissa's Scorn.