1707 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Congreve

Thomas Tickell, in Oxford, a Poem (1707) 6.



Prospects so gay demand a Congreve's Strains,
To call the Gods and Nymphs upon the Plains;
Pan yields his Empire o'er the Sylvan Throng,
Pleas'd to submit to his Superior Song;
Great Denham's Genius looks, with Rapture down,
And Spencer's Shade resigns the Rural Crown.