1818 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Philip Massinger

Francis Hodgson, in Childe Harold's Monitor (1818) 33.



With grave, sweet Massinger, or pithy Ben;
Or, balmier yet be sorrow's music pour'd,
Dipped in the liquid tenderness of Ford.
But scorn to steal the body of their style—
Nor drag their glory from its Gothic aisle,
To meet the wondering eyes of altered days,
And force unwilling laughter at the gaze.