1675 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Edmund Waller

Edward Phillips, in Theatrum Poetarum (1675) 2:36-37.



Edmund Waller of Beckonsfield, one of the most fam'd Poets, and that not unworthily, of the present Age, being yet surviving; especially, and (wherein he is not inferiour to Carew himself) in the charming sweetness of his Lyric Odes or amorous Sonnets long since wedded to the no less charming Notes of H. Laws, at that time the Prince of Musical Composers, and one of the principal Gentlemen of the Chappel, as also of the private Music to his late Majesty King Charles the First. In his other occasional Poems his Verse is smooth, yet strenuous, not barren of conceit, and frequently adorn'd with proper Similes.