1700 ca. ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Edmund Waller

John Hughes, "A Fragment" 1700 ca.; Poems (1735) 1:157.



In every Age, to brighter Honours born,
Which loveliest Nymphs and sweetest Bards adorn,
Beauty and Wit each other's Aid require,
And Poets sing what first the Fair inspire;
The Fair for ever thus their Charms prolong,
And live recorded in the tuneful Song.
Thus SACHARISSA shines in WALLER'S Lays,
And She, who rais'd his Genius, shares his Praise.
Each does in each a mutual Life infuse,
Th' inspiring Beauty, the recording Muse.