1700 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Dennis

Samuel Wesley, in Epistle Concerning Poetry (1700) 19.



With Strength and Flame prodigious D—s writes
Of Love's soft Wars, and cruel martial Fights:
Scarce LEE himself strove with a mightier Load,
Or labour'd more beneath th' Incumbent God:
Whate'er of old to Rome or Athens known,
What France or We have glean'd, 'tis all his own.