1683 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Abraham Cowley

John Dryden, in William Soame, trans., Art of Poetry (1683) 65.



Let mighty Spencer raise his reverend head,
Cowley and Denham start up from the dead;
Waller his age renew, and Off'rings bring,
Our Monarch's praise let bright-ey'd Virgins sing;
Let Dryden with new Rules our Stage refine,
And his great Models form by this Design:
But where's a Second Virgil, to Rehearse
Our Hero's Glories in his Epic Verse?