1782 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir Richard Blackmore

William Hayley, in Essay on Epic Poetry (1782) 66.



Next came Sir RICHARD, but in woeful plight,
DRYDEN'S Led-horse first threw the luckless Knight.
He rose advent'rous still — O who may count
How oft he tried a different Steed to mount!
Each angry steed his awkward rider flung;
Undaunted still he fell, and falling sung.