1728 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Nicholas Rowe

James Ralph, in The Muses' Address to the King (1728) 17-18.



The last is Rowe,
Inimitably tender, soft, and sad,
Whose tragick strain impearls the virgin's eye
With artless tears,
And melts her heaving heart;
Who pours compassion on the barb'rous mind,
Who smooths the rugged, charms the wayward soul,
And, by the gentlest arts,
Allures mankind to deeds of amity, and love.