1728 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Philips

James Ralph, in The Muses' Address to the King (1728) 17.



Next Phillips treads the green,
And wears a garland, from the Cyder groves
Fresh-gather'd, blooming like the spring; his muse
The first who dar'd to follow Milton's track,
And scorn, like him, th obstructive bands of rhime;
Who copy'd nature with incessant toil,
And, in exalted verse, describ'd
Her charms, his wish, his glory, and delight.