1682 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Shadwell

John Dryden, in MacFlecnoe (1682); Miscellaneous Works (1760) 2:138.



Shadwell alone my perfect image bears,
Mature in dullness from his tender years:
Shadwell alone, of all my sons, is he,
Who stands confirm'd in full stupidity.
The rest to some faint meaning make pretence,
But Shadwell never deviates into sense.
Some beams of wit on other souls may fall,
Strike thro, and make a lucid interval;
But Shadwell's genuine night admits no ray,
His ruling fogs prevail upon the day.