1709 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Dryden

Laurence Eusden, in "To Lord Halifax" 1709; Nichols, Select Collection of Poems (1780-82) 4:133.



Some, by kind fates, to greatness force their way,
And without dawnings shew a glorious day:
Others, by fortune and industrious strife,
Arrive at honours in the noon of life.
Many by painful slow degrees ascend,
And, anxious, till the verge of death, attend.
Great Dryden did not early great appear,
Faintly distinguish'd in his thirtieth year:
But Nature, when she would a Poet doom
To shew ripe wonders in his opening bloom,
Lavishly gives from all her choicest mines,
And the rich ore with nicer care refines.
Britannia grieves, such blessings are but few,
A Cowley, Congreve, and a Montague.