1683 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Shadwell

John Dryden, in William Soame, trans., Art of Poetry (1683) 56.



Be not affected with that empty praise
Which your vain Flatterers will sometimes raise,
And when you read, with Ecstatie will say,
The finish'd Piece! The admirable Play!
Which, when expos'd to Censure and to Light,
Cannot indure a Critic's piercing sight.
A hundred Authors Fates have been foretold,
And Sh-le's Works are Printed, but not Sold.