1800 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Dryden

Thomas Dermody, in "Pursuit of Patronage" Poems (1800) 51.



See DRYDEN scatter his ambrosial hoard
Of sacred incense o'er some booby lord,
Oh see! scintillant from his mental fire
Bright points of wit, that sparkle and expire,
Gross, pond'rous dolts upbuoy'd in hasty Odes,
And British blockheads turn'd to Grecian Gods!