1694 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Congreve

Joseph Addison, in "Account of the Greatest English Poets" Miscellany Poems the Fourth Part (1694) 325-26.



How might we fear our English Poetry,
That long has flourish'd, shou'd decay with Thee;
Did not the Muses other Hope appear,
Harmonious Congreve, and forbid our Fear.
Congreve! whose Fancies unexhausted Store
Has given already much, and promis'd more.
Congreve shall still preserve thy Fame alive
And Dryden's Muse shall in his Friend survive.