1735 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Edmund Waller

Mary Barber, "To a Gentleman, who had abused Waller" Barber, Poems on Several Occasions (1735) 80-81.



I grieve to think that WALLER'S blam'd,
WALLER, so long, so justly, fam'd.
Then own your Verses writ in Haste,
Or I shall say, you've lost your Taste.

Perhaps your loyal Heart disdains
A Poet, who could take such Pains,
To tune his sweet, immortal Lays
To an usurping Tyrant's Praise:
And, where you hate the Man, I see,
You never like his Poetry.
The Truth of this your Verse discovers;
So you abus'd the Conscious Lovers.

Tho' in your Principles you glory,
The Muses are not Whig nor Tory;
So from your Sentence they appeal,
Nor will be judg'd by Party Zeal.
Whene'er a Poet's to be try'd,
Let Pope hereafter be your Guide.
"*Survey the Whole, nor seek slight Faults to find,
Where Nature moves, and Rapture warms the Mind."

*Essay on Criticism.