Sir John Denham (1615-69) attended Trinity College, Oxford, where he apparently spent more time gambling than in study. Like Cowley he was himself buried near Chaucer and Spenser. As a poet he was until the end of the eighteenth century quite extraordinarily fashionable; at the moment his reputation is unjustly low.
From On Mr Abraham Cowley His Death and Burial amongst the Ancient Poets in Poems and Translations, with the Sophy (1668), pp. 89-90; repr. in Poetical Works, ed. T.H. Banks (New Haven, 1928), pp. 149-50:
Old Chaucer, like the morning Star,
To us discovers day from far,
His light those Mists and Clouds dissolved,
Which our dark Nation long involv'd;
But he descending to the shades,
Darkness again the Age invades.
Next (like Aurora) Spencer rose,
Whose purple blush the day foreshows….
Time, which made them their Fame outlive,
To Cowly scarce did ripeness give.
Old Mother Wit, and Nature gave
Shakespeare and Fletcher all they have;
In Spencer, and in Johnson, Art,
Of slower Nature got the start.