1721 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir John Denham

Judith Cowper Madan, in "The Progress of Poetry" 1721; London Magazine 28 (1759) 156.



Smooth glide thy waves, O Thames while I rehearse
The name that taught thee first to flow in verse!
Let sacred silence hush thy grateful tides,
The osier cease to tremble on thy sides;
Let thy calm waters gently steal along,
DENHAM this homage claims while he inspires my song.
Far as thy billows roll, dispers'd away
To distant climes, the honour'd name convey:
Not Xanthus can a nobler glory boast,
In whose rich streams a thousand floods are lost.