1706 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir Richard Blackmore

Anonymous, in Epistle to Sir Richard Blackmore, Kt. (1706) 1-2.



Grieve not for Him whom thou hast deathless made;
Whose Laurels, like thy own, will never fade.
Thy Artful Hand, and thy Harmonious Pen
Can Men immortal make, and live agen.
'Tis true, BRITANNIA is of Him bereft,
But He his Mantle has to ANNA left;
Who doubly with his spirit blest, has done
All that he hop'd and more — and has ev'n Him out-run.
So vast a Genius and so large a Mind
Can never to One Heroe be confin'd.
In ANNA'S Reign thou hast ELIZA grac't,
The Present Age out-shining far the Past.
For, whate'er Fame to Her advantage tells,
The Copy the Original excels.
If Thou and thy Great Arthur were condemn'd,
It was not Thou but Virtue was contemn'd;
Whose Cause thou nobly fought'st, and did'st maintain:
Oppos'd by Sworn Confederates in vain.