1754 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Leonard Welsted

Thomas Francklin, in Translation, a Poem (1754); Poetical Register for 1806-07 (1811) 325-26.



Thus Greece and Rome, in modern dress array'd,
Is but Antiquity in masquerade.
What classic friend his alter'd Flaccus knows?
Whilst great Longinus gives to Welsted fame,
And Tacitus to Gordon lends his name,
Unmeaning strains the Mantuan muse,
And Terence speaks the language of the stews.