Matthew Concanen, extract from 'A Letter to a Critick, In Vindication of the Modern Poets', Poems upon Several Occasions (1722), p. 51.
This passage includes Concanen's undiscriminating praise of Eusden. Having put Pope on a critical parity with this poet, it is not surprising that Concanen later attacked Pope, and in return found himself in The Dunciad (A), ii. 130.
Great and Unmatch'd is Laurel'd EUSDEN's Praise,
At once to merit, and adorn the Bays;
Like some smooth Riv'let flows his charming Strain,
Which neither Rocks disturb, nor Floods distain.
Such Depth and Clearness in his Verses meet,
Strong as the Stream, and as its Murmurs sweet.
With pleasing Notes the Woods and Valleys ring,
If POPE's harmonious Hand but touch the String;
His gentle Numbers charm the ravish'd Plains,
While still Attention holds the wond'ring Swains.
As when the Birds of ev'ry tuneful Kind,
Within the Limits of a Grove confin'd;
Their artless Musick warble thro' the Sprays,
And in Divine Confusion mix their Lays:
The Note still chang'd, our raptur'd Sense confounds,
With mingling Melody, and blending Sounds;