1712 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Matthew Prior

Bezaleel Morrice, in Essay on the Poets (1712; 1721) 25-26.



Observe what sweet Amusement, Prior brings;
When eas'd of State-affairs, the Poet sings!
Mark, how his Muse do's variously prevail,
And force Concern! or form a pleasing Tale!
Him most, for Laies facetiously polite,
Britons shall with deserv'd Applause requite;
Nor shall the constant Nut-brown Maid, as told
(As gracefully reviv'd) by Him, grow old;
Tho' since her Birth so many Years have roul'd.