1754 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Abraham Cowley

Thomas Francklin, in Translation, a Poem (1754); Poetical Register for 1806-07 (1811) 322.



In the fair field the vet'ran armies stand,
A firm, unconquer'd, formidable band,
When lo! Translation comes and levels all;
By vulgar hands the bravest heroes fall.
On eagle's wings see lofty Pindar soar;
Cowley attacks, and Pindar is no more.