1719 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Jane Brereton

Thomas Griffeth, "On Reading the foregoing [Epistle to Sir Richard Steele]" 1719; Brereton, Poems on Several Occasions (1744) 68.



In Lines so soft you speak the Poet's Praise,
Who wou'd not dye that cou'd inspire thy Lays!
And quit the gaudy Pleasures Life can give,
In sweet Melissa's deathless Verse to live;
E'en much lov'd Addison we less lament,
Since thou hast rais'd him such a Monument!
So well the Poet, and the Christian's drawn,
As much excel all Features, but thy own.