1731 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Dennis

Anonymous, "To Mr. Dennis" Fog's Weekly Journal (9 January 1731).



John, I advise thee, out o' Love,
To set thy Heart on Things above.
One Grain of thy Good-Sense must know,
How Distributions pass below;
Not to the Swift, nor to the Strong,
The Battle, or the Race, belong.
Value it not, I say, a Rush,
That Laurel's grown an Ivy-Bush;
Unto thy Learning 'tis no Shame,
Whilst thy Whig-Merit shares the same.
The Garland, which has miss'd thee now,
In Heav'n, e'er long, shall crown thy Brow:
Let this thy noble Soul asswage,
And be Supporter of thy Age.