1738 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Warner

Elizabeth Cooper, in The Muses Library (1738) 157.



An Author only unhappy in the Choice of his Subject, and Measure of his Verse. His Poem is an Epitome of the British History, and wrote with great Learning, Sense, and Spirit. — In some Places fine to an extraordinary Degree, as I think, will eminently appear in the ensuing Episode. A Tale full of beautiful Incidents, in the Romantick Taste, extreamly affecting, rich in Ornament, wonderfully various in Stile; and, in short, one of the most beautiful Pastorals I ever met with. — What were the Circumstances, and Accidents of his Life, we have hardly light enough to Conjecture, any more than, by his Dedication, it appears he was in the Service of the Lord Hunsdon, and acknowledges very gratefully both Father and Son for his Patrons, and Benefactors.