1786 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Dryden

Anonymous, "Upon Virgil" Morning Chronicle and London Advertiser (11 September 1786).



Thou first of bards, in poetry dost shine,
Heaven-born genius strikes in every line,
Adept in science, immortal connoisseur,
Who gives instruction clear, distinct and pure.
Yet praise to Dryden (join the laurel crown)
Who made transcendent Maro half our own,
Oh! had Augustus reign'd, surely his fate
Had been as happy as his verse was great.