1725 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. John Dart

Thomas Cooke, in Battle of the Poets (1725) 14-15.



And first by DART the Critic bends his way,
By whom the Roman Elegiac lay;
But not the same that wrote in Caesar's Days,
The Stile so barren, and so rough the Lays;
Not by the soft, polite Tibullus known,
So chang'd the whole, it is almost his own.
But other Lines his just Attention drew,
And charm'd his Senses to a nearer View;
He saw what Justice to the Dead was shown;
And as he prais'd their Merit, shew'd his own.