1819 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir John Harington

Thomas Campbell, in Specimens of the British Poets (1819; 1845) 73.



A specimen of the poetry of Sir John Harington's father has been already given in this volume, which is so polished and refined, as almost to warrant a suspicion that the editor of the Nugae Antiquae got it from a more modern quarter. The elder Harrington was imprisoned in the Tower, under Queen Mary, for holding a correspondence with Elizabeth; on whose accession his fidelity was rewarded by her favour. His son, the translator of Ariosto, was knighted on the field by the Earl of Essex, not much to the satisfaction of Elizabeth, who was sparing of such honours, and chose to confer them herself. He was created a knight of the Bath in the reign of James, and distinguished himself, to the violent offence of the high-church party, by his zeal against the marriage of bishops.