1722 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Congreve

Matthew Concanen, in "Letter to a Critick" Poems (1722) 50.



CONGREVE her Darling ev'ry Muse design'd,
CONGREVE to no One Excellence confin'd,
Equally Great in all — in him conspire
Your OVID's Softness, and your PINDAR's Fire,
In his gay Scenes the comick Spirit shines,
And all the Graces revel in his Lines:
When he with nobler Pride the Buskin wears,
He moves our Wonder, and commands our Tears.