1722 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Ambrose Philips

Matthew Concanen, in "Letter to a Critick" Poems (1722) 53.



Soft PHILIPS next, who to his artful Song,
Tunes the gay Gambols of the rustick Throng,
Our Lyre ennobles, and exalts our Scene,
With the Great Names of SAPPHO and RACINE,
Reflects their Beauties, like a flatt'ring Glass,
And shews ev'n STRADA fairer than he was;
His tuneful Hand can all our Senses charm,
With Tempests please, with frozen Billows warm.