1764 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Robert Dodsley

Charles Churchill, in The Journey, 1764; Poetical Works of Charles Churchill, ed. William Tooke (1804) 2:366-68.



Let them, though modest, Gray, more modest, woo;
Let them with Mason bleat, and bray, and coo;
Let them with Francklin, proud of some small Greek,
Make Sophocles, disguised, in English speak;
Let them with Glover o'er Medea doze;
Let them with Dodsley wail Cleone's woes,
Whilst he, fine-feeling creature, all in tears,
Melts as they melt, and weeps with weeping peers....