1675 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Francis Quarles

Edward Phillips, in Theatrum Poetarum (1675) 2:45.



Francis Quarles, the darling of our Plebeian Judgments, that is such as have ingenuity enough to delight in Poetry, but are not sufficiently instructed to make a right choice and distinction; his Emblems being a Copy from Hermannus Hugo's Original, his Version of Job into English Verse, his Feast of Worms, or History of Jonas, and other Divine Poems have been ever, and still, are in wonderful Veneration among the Vulgar, and no less his Argalus and Parthenia, a History taken out of Sir Philip Sidney's Arcadia; there hath been also Acted a Comedy of his called the Virgin Widow.