1728 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Matthew Prior

James Ralph, in The Muses' Address to the King (1728) 15-16.



By him gay, hum'rous Prior stands,
The loves, the smiles, the graces in his train; with ease he charms,
With negligence instructs, tickles our faults
And laughs us into virtue: Alma graves
A lasting glory on his tomb, nor less
The Nut-brown maid;
By turns we joy, we grieve, at his command,
And all th' unguarded soul's obedient to his lay.