1725 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Dennis

Thomas Cooke, in Battle of the Poets (1725) 13.



But DENNIS lo! the modern Author's Dread,
Who captive Wit has oft in Triumph led,
The Scourge of Fools, who gives to Worth its due,
And always to the Cause of Virtue true,
Odious of late to each Pretender grown,
But to the Wise his hoary Judgment's known.