1782 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Julius Mickle

William Hayley, in Essay on Epic Poetry (1782); Mickle, Poetical Works (1806) xlii.



'Twas thine to blend the eagle and the dove,
At once the Bard of glory and of love,
Thy thankless country heard thy varying lyre,
To Petrarch's softness melt, and swell to Homer's fire.