1813 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Dryden

William Cameron, in "Poet's Manual" Poems (1813) 110.



Where sensual Riot yonder holds his reign,
And scowls contempt on all the Muse's train;
A mighty master of the Song appears,
Who pours the strain to deaf, unwilling ears.
Thro' classic fields he flies with rapid force,
Each victor rivals in his serious course,
The Roman now in sharp, satyric rhime,
And now the Grecian in his flight sublime.
But rudely checked by fang of cruel Fate,
Headlong he falls from his aerial state;
A hireling weltering in Corruption's tide,
Weaving a wreath her Gorgon-front to hide,
Wasting his giant-strength in deserts drear
Their fabled forms where goblins, monsters rear.