1706 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Matthew Prior

Richard Daniel, in The British Warrior (1706) 5-6.



A Douty Piece came pricking o'er the Plain,
In ancient Guise I weet, and Spencer's Strain,
Of Fancy nice disdain'd our modern Mode,
Stept out a Ballad, tho' yclipt an Ode;
Like Durfey's Dame of Honour tun'd its Lays,
To good Queen Besse's Reign, and golden Days,
In comely farthingal the Muse was drest,
Thus whilom Fate ordain'd, and Jove's Behest:
No modish Pinch of all-defiling Snuff
Profan'd the well-quill'd Beauty of her Ruff.
From Sternhold all her shining Phrase she drew,
Thus ancient Rithm I wist corrects the new:
To frisk in fairy Ground I ween to prone,
Speaks others English, but forgets her own.