1687 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir John Denham

William Winstanley, Lives of the Most Famous English Poets (1687) 185.



Sir John Denham was a Gentleman, who to his other Honors had this added; that he was one of the Chief of the Delphick Quire, and for his Writings worthy to be Crowned with a wreath of Stars. The excellency of his Poetry may be seen in his Coopers Hill, which whosoever shall deny, may be accounted no Friends to the Muses: His Tragedy of the Sophy, is equal to any of the Chiefest Authors, which with his other Works bound together in one Volume, will make his name famous to all Posterity.