1713 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Matthew Prior

Henry Felton, in Dissertation on Reading the Classics (1713; 1715) 254-55.



Mr. Prior enjoys the freest and easiest Muse in the World, and perhaps is the only Man who may rival Horace in an admirable Felicity of Expression, both in the sublime and familiar Way. Like our celebrated Cowley, he hath excelled in all Kinds of Poetry: In his Works we meet an Assembly of the Muses; since the Roman Swan expired, none hath taken bolder and happier Flights, or touched the Lyre with a more masterly Hand; and since Chaucer's Days, none hath told a merry or heroic Tale so well.