1773 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Philips

William Hayward Roberts, in A Poetical Epistle to Christopher Anstey on the English Poets (1773); Poems (1774) 104.



With vigilant eye,
And cautious step, as fearing to be left,
Thee [Milton] PHILIPS watches, and with taste refin'd
Each precept culling from the Mantuan page,
Disdains the Gothic bond. Silurian wines,
Ennobled by his song, no more shall yield
To Setin, or the strong Falernian juice,
Beverage of Latian chiefs.