1730 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Laurence Eusden

Thomas Cooke, in The Candidates for the Bays (1730) 2.



The Laurel, that from antique Chaucer to Rowe
Had never been plac'd on a Scribbler's dull Brow,
But gracefully on the Deserver's Head sat,
Whose Lines were majestick, whose Numbers were sweet,
Was given to Eusden, whilst Pope, Swift and Gay
Are kept by Sir Robert from Favour or Bay.