1768 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Oliver Goldsmith

William Kenrick, "The Poetical Triumvirate. Written in the Year MDCCLXVII" Kenrick, Poems; ludicrous, satirical, and moral (1768) 269.



"Three poets in three distant ages born,
Greece, Italy and England did adorn:
The first in loftiness of thought surpass'd,
The next in majesty, in both the last:
The force of nature could no farther go,
To make a third, she join'd the former two."
DRYDEN.

Poor Dryden! what a theme hadst thou,
Compar'd with that which offers now?
What are your Britons, Romans, Grecians,
Compar'd with thoroughbred Milesians?
Step into G—ff—n's shop, he'll tell ye
Of G—ds—th, B—k—rs—ff, and K—ll—:
Three poets of one age and nation,
Whose more than mortal reputation,
Mounting in trio to the skies,
O'er Milton's fame and Virgil's flies;
While, take one Irish evidence for t' other,
Ev'n Homer's self is but their foster-brother.