1720 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

George Wither

Giles Jacob, in Historical Account of the Lives and Writings of our most considerable English Poets (1720) 236.



A Poet, born in Hampshire, who flourish'd in the Reign of King Charles the Second. He was very much of the Temper of some of our Modern Poets and Pamphleteers, who are never better pleas'd than when their Pens are employ'd in satirizing the Government. He pretended to great Zeal against the Vices of the Times, and did not stick to abuse the greatest Personages in Power; which brought upon him frequent Imprisonments, but to little purpose; for his Spirit of Contradiction remain'd to the last. His Poetical Performances were the following, viz.

I. The Songs of Moses.
II. Britain's Remembrancer.
III. Abuses stript and whipt
IV. Philaret.
V. Campo Musae.
VI. Opo-Balsamum.
VII. The two Pitchers, &c.