1738 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Dryden

Anonymous, in "The Apotheosis of Milton" Gentleman's Magazine 8 (May 1738) 234-35.



The next Object that presented was the Figure of a goodly Man, in whose Face was painted the greatest Good-nature, Modesty and Openness: His Garments were of the richest Stuff, and the most delicate Texture, but flowed too loose about his Body; and it might have been easily discerned, by comparing some Places of them with others, that they were a little tarnished, and had lost some of their original Lustre, by being too much exposed. However, by the Richness of the Embroidery, the Variety of its Ornaments, and the graceful Air of the Person who wore it, he appeared the principal Figure in the Room: He held a Laurel-Garland in his Hand and, after he was seated, instead of placing it upon his hoary Locks, he put it upon the Table. I was so charmed with his Appearance, that I forgot to ask my kind Guardian who he was; but he spared me the Trouble: That venerable Personage, said he, who has now taken his Seat, is the Immortal Dryden: If you were near enough to view him more narrowly, you might perceive in his Eye a noble Indignation, mixed with a deep Concern, and on his Brow a generous Disdain of an ungrateful—