John Dryden (16311700). The Poems of John Dryden. 1913.
From Aulus Persius Flaccus: Prologue to the First Satyr
Sæpius in Libro memoratur Persius uno
Quam levis in tota Marsus Amazonide.
Argument of the Prologue to the First Satyr
The Design of the Authour was to conceal his Name and Quality. He livd in the dangerous Times of the Tyrant Nero; and aims particularly at him, in most of his Satyrs. For which Reason, though he was a Roman Knight, and of a plentiful Fortune, he would appear in this Prologue but a Beggarly Poet, who Writes for Bread. After this, he breaks into the Business of the first Satyr; which is chiefly to decry the Poetry then in Fashion, and the Impudence of those who were endeavouring to pass their Stuff upon the World.
You say they squeak; but they will swear they Sing.
Note 1. Text from the original edition, 1693. The current texts have divers errors, the worst in V. 11. [back]
Note 2. Pernassus, and Helicon, were Hills Consecrated to the Muses; and the supposd place of their abode. Pernassus was forked on the top; and from Helicon ran a Stream; the Spring of which was calld the Muses Well. [back]
Note 3. Pyrene, a Fountain in Corinth; Consecrated also to the Muses. [back]
Note 4. Statues, &c. The Statues of the Poets were Crownd with Ivy about their Brows. [back]
Note 5. Before the Shrine; that is, before the Shrine of Apollo, in his Temple at Rome, calld the Palatine. [back]