1681 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Sheffield

John Dryden, in Absolom and Achitophel, 1681; Russell, Book of Authors (1860) 87.



A man so various that he seemed to be
Not one, but all mankind's epitome.
Stiff in opinions, always in the wrong,
Was everything by starts, and nothing long.
But in the course of one revolving moon,
Was chymist, fiddler, statesman, and buffoon.
Then all for women, painting, rhyming, drinking,
Besides ten thousand freaks that died in thinking.