1801 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Dryden

Alexander Thomson, in The British Parnassus, at the Close of the Eighteenth Century (1801) 38.



With regard to the Feast of the Great ALEXANDER,
Which you justly observe bids defiance to Slander,
On this chapter alone (if it must be confess'd),
I am somewhat afraid to come off second-best;
That Lyrical Sun, whose unparallell'd ray,
Outshines all the splendors of COLLINS and GRAY,
Needs to fear no eclipse from the Bards of To-day.