1782 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Abraham Cowley

William Hayley, in Essay on Epic Poetry (1782) 64.



Ingenuous COWLEY, the fond dupe of Wit,
Seems like a vapour o'er the field to flit;
In David's praise he strikes some Epic notes,
But soon down Lethe's stream their dying murmur floats.