1707 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Matthew Prior

Samuel Cobb, in "Of Poetry" Poems (1707) 222-23.



In stately Verse let William's Praise be told,
WILLIAM rewards with Honour, and with Gold.
No more of Richlieu's Worth: Forget not, Fame,
To change Augustus for Great William's Name.
Who, tho' like Homer's Jupiter, he sate,
Musing on something eminently great,
And balanc'd in his Mind the World's important Fate;
Lays by the vast concern, and gladly hears
The loud-sung Triumphs of his Warlike Years.
Whether this Praise to Stepny's Muse belong,
Or Prior claim it for Pindarick Song.
The Sleeping Dooms of Empires were delay'd,
And Fate stood silent while the Poet play'd.
The Double Vertue of Nassovian Fire
At once the Soldier and the Bard inspire.
The Hero listen'd when the Canons rung
A Fatal Peal, or when the Harp was strung,
When Mars has Acted, or when Phoebus Sung.