1730 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir Walter Raleigh

William Bond, in Epistle to Cobham (1730) 23-24.



Now, Sir, as Romans shar'd with Greeks their Fame,
So should with Romans Britons share the same.
Homer and Virgil would not scorn to be
Of Milton's and of Spencer's Company;
Nor Tully nor Demosthenes aspire,
To be than Cowper, King, or Somers higher.
Thucydides, Herodotus, would own,
(With Livy, Sallust) well-writ Wonders shown,
As theirs, in Raleigh and in Clarendon.