1715 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas D'Urfey

George Sewell, in Epistle to Addison (1715); Posthumous Works (1728) 35.



Succeeding Days require no pious Strain;
For ah! what Tongue can sing when Tyrants reign?
Who wake the String, or tune the sprightly Reeds,
To Notes of Pleasure, when his Country bleeds?
Apollo, then no more thy Sons inspire,
Then blast the Hand that dares provoke the Lyre,
Or stain their Actions with unhallow'd Rhimes,
And Bavius's and D—y's damn their Times.