1702 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Ambrose Philips

Ambrose Philips, in "To a Friend who desired me to write on the Death of King William" 1702; Chalmers's English Poets (1810) 13:117.



Why then, in making verses should I strain
For wit, and of Apollo beg a vein?
Why study Horace and the Stagyrite?
Why cramp my dulness, and in torment write?
Let me transgress by nature, not by rule,
An artless idiot, not a studied fool,
A Withers, not a Rymer, since I aim
At nothing less, in writing, than a name.