1708 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Dryden

Anonymous, "On Mr. John Dryden" Mirth Diverts all Care: being excellent new Songs (1708) 150.



John Dryden Enemies had three,
Sir Dick, Old Nick, and Jeremy,
Sir Dick to Jack, was forc'd to yield;
The other two maintain'd the field:
But had the Poet's life been holier,
He'd beat the Devil and the Collier.