1780 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir William Temple

John Nichols, in Select Collection of Poems with Notes Biographical and Historical (1780-82) 2:33-35.



Sir William's Posthumous Works were published by Dr. Swift; who is supposed to have written the Life. A good edition of them was printed in 1770, in four volumes, 8vo. The number of his poems being small, he is but little known as a poet, though surely some of them are very beautiful. I have by accident a slim volume, in 8vo. without title or date, with MS corrections, formerly belonging to Lady Giffard, which there is great reason to believe was printed only for private use and never published, whence the reader will be gratified with some poems which may not improperly be called original.