1680 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Edmund Waller

Earl of Rochester, in "An Allusion to Horace" Poems on Several Occasions (1680) 42.



Waller, by Nature, for the Bays design'd,
With force, and fire, and fancy unconfin'd,
In Panegyricks, does excell Mankind.
He best can turn, enforce, and soften things,
To praise great Conquerors, or to flatter Kings.