1680 ca. ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Dryden

Anonymous, in "A Tryal of the Poets for the Bays, in imitation of a Satyr in Boileau" 1680 ca.; Miscellaneous Works by George, late Duke of Buckingham (1704) 42.



In the head of the Gang, John Dryden appear'd,
That Antient Grave Wit, so long lov'd and fear'd,
But Apollo had heard a Story ith' Town,
Of his quitting the Muses, to wear the black Gown;
And so gave him leave now his Poetry's done,
To let him turn Priest Since R— it turn'd Nun.