1721 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Leonard Welsted

Jonathan Smedley, "On Mr. Welsted's presenting his Ode on the Duke of Marlborough's Apoplexy, to a celebrated Toast" Smedley, Poems on Several Occasions (1721) 6.



If, thus, the Tuneful Bard his Voice can raise,
When England's MARS, expiring, damps his Lays,
How! could he sing, and in what rapturous Rhimes
Describe the Living VENUS of our Times?