1714 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Dryden

Nicholas Rowe, "On Mr. Bays's Dramatick Pieces" Poems and Translations by Several Hands (1714) 50.



Wit and the Laws had both the same Ill Fate,
And Partial Tyrants sway'd in either State.
Ill-natur'd Censure would be sure to damn
An Alien-Wit of Independent Fame,
While Bays grown old, and harden'd in Offence,
Was suffer'd to write on in Spite of Sense;
Back't by his Friends, th' Invader brought along
A Crew of Foreign Words into our Tongue,
To ruin and enslave the Freeborn English Song;
Still the prevailing Faction propt his Throne,
And to Four Volumes let his Plays run on.