1700 ca. ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir Richard Blackmore

Anonymous, "Epitaph upon Mr. John Dryden," 1700 ca.; in Thomas Hearne, Reliquae Hearniae, ed. Bliss (1869) 1:137.



Here lyes John Dryden, who had enemies three,
Old Nick, sir Dick, and Jeremy.
The fustian knight was forc'd to yield,
The other two maintain'd the field:
But had our poet's life been holier,
He had knick'd by Devil and the Collier.