1773 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Bp. Thomas Percy

Percival Stockdale, in The Poet, a Poem (1773) 18 &n.



What poet, though by every muse inspired,
Can fondly hope his verse will be admired
In this capricious, though discerning age,
When love of novelty, and dullness wage
A war with poetry, repell it's claim,
And intercept the sacred way to fame?
Write you with Dryden's force? yet you may fail;
LANGHORNE before you draws his flimsy *Veil:
A monkish tale, by PERCY told, is read;
And feeble MASON lives while you are dead.

* The Origin of the Veil — a Poem lately published.