1795 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Matthew Prior

Robert Anderson, in Works of the British Poets (1795) 7:377.



As no prosperous event of that reign passed undignified by poetry, the battle of Ramillies soon afterwards excited him to another poetical effort in honour of his country, in his Ode on the glorious Success of her Majesty's Arms in 1706. It is written in Spenser's stanza, and is perhaps the only composition, produced by the battle of Ramillies, which is now remembered. Yet he afterwards concurred with Harley and his friends, in condemning the war as burdensome, and the conduct of the Allies as unreasonable.