1687 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Habington

William Winstanley, Lives of the Most Famous English Poets (1687) 155.



He was one of a quick wit and fluent language, whose Poems coming forth above thirty years ago, under the Title of Castara, gained a general fame and estimation, and no wonder, since that human Goddess by him so celebrated, was a person of such rare endowments as was worthy the praises bestowed upon her, being a person of Honour as well as Beauty, to which was joyned a vertuous mind, to make her in all respects compleat. He also wrote the History of the Reign of King Edward the Fourth, and that in a style sufficiently florid, yet not altogether pleasing the ear, but as much informing the mind, so that we may say of that Kings Reign, as Mr. Daniel saith in his Preface to his History of England, "That there was never brought together more of the main." He also wrote a Tragi-Comedy, called, The Queen of Aragon, which as having never seen, I can give no account of it.