1731 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Alexander Pope

Anonymous, in The London Magazine, containing the Excercises ... at the annual Meeting of the Westminster Scholars (1731) 5-10.



Some squeamish Palates, difficult to please,
Relish no Writings but of Rome and Greece,
With them Time serves for an unerring Rule;
Antient, a Wit; and Modern, speaks a Fool:
Whilst sold Sense, and true Poetick Flame,
In ev'ry Age and Nation are the same.
Thus Pindar's Genius Cowley did inspire,
And Milton warms us with old Homer's Fire:
One Thought might make these sage Observers know,
Let but some Ages in Succession go,
And Pope and Prior will be Antients too.