1728 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Dryden

James Ralph, in The Muses' Address to the King (1728) 15.



Behind, with various step, great Dryden comes
August with fame,
And sacred to the muse; a wreath
Of living bays adorns his awful head,
From ev'ry branch of poetry, and verse
His honours bloom, and to the end of time
His labours, and his praise shall live.