1721 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Dryden

Judith Cowper Madan, in "The Progress of Poetry" 1721; London Magazine 58 (1759) 156.



The strong, the soft, the moving and the sweet,
In artful DRYDEN'S various numbers meet;
Aw'd by his lays, each rival bard retir'd:
So fades the moon, pale, lifeless, unadmir'd,
When the bright sun bursts glorious to the sight,
With radiant lustre and a flood of light.