1769 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Henry More

James Granger, in Biographical History of England (1769; 1824) 5:46-47.



Dr. Henry More, who was by many esteemed one of the greatest divines and philosophers, and was certainly one of the best men of his time, had a good deal of natural enthusiasm. He was fired or rather enraptured, with the Platonic philosophy; and his writings shew how happy a visionary the author was. Mr. John Norris, his friend, and a man of similar but superior character, styles him, "The intellectual Epicure." His works, which were formerly much read, have been long neglected. Sir Samuel Garth condemns them in the lump: speaking of Dr. Tyson's library, he says,

And hither rescued from the grocer's come,
More's works entire, and endless reams of Blome.

He would at least have excepted his excellent System of Ethics, if had been acquainted with the book. This is commended by Mr. Addison, in No. 86 of the Spectator. Ob. 1 Sept. 1687, Aet. 73.