1712 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Edmund Waller

Bezaleel Morrice, in Essay on the Poets (1712; 1721) 21.



Observe the soothing Waller's courtly Lays;
To Love and Beauty his Devoirs He pays,
And sound's the Victor's, and the Monarch's Praise:
He prun'd our Language, and refin'd our Thought;
But not improving to Perfection brought,
Something still in his Verse uncouth appears
To minds most curious, and the nicest Ears;
His Turns too, bearing frequent influence,
Lessen the bold majestic Force of Sence.