1813 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Alexander Pope

William Cameron, in "Poet's Manual" Poems (1813) 110.



A Bard who boasts a more propitious star,
With rigid rein commands a steadier car;
Nor dares to mount with Dryden's lofty bound,
While with unbridled rage he rides his ample round.
Along the level lawn secure he hies,
Shuns fen and fog with quick discerning eyes;
Whose finished verse harmonious, warm and clear,
Oft melts the heart, still wins the willing ear;
Where sense and sound, where truth and fancy shine
With blended charms in one bright nervous line.