1811 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Ambrose Philips

Lord Byron, in Hints from Horace (1811); Poetical Works, ed. E. H. Coleridge (1898-1901) 1:418.



Let Pastoral be dumb; for who can hope
To match the youthful eclogues of our Pope?
Yet his and Philips' faults, of different kind,
For Art too rude, for Nature too refined,
Instruct how hard the medium 'tis to hit
'Twixt too much polish and too coarse a wit.