1798 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Henry James Pye

David Rivers, in Literary Memoirs of Living Authors (1798) 2:179.



The poetry of Mr. Pye cannot, perhaps, upon the whole, be said to be of that very superior kind, which has universally exacted from his readers the applause of first-rate excellence. Yet, none can deny that he is always the elegant scholar, the man of taste and fancy, and the writer of polished versification; while the great interests of virtue and public spirit have uniformly been countenanced by his pen. his ARISTOTLE, though a performance of considerable merit, has been displaced by the work, so singularly masterly, of Mr. Twining. Among the several translators of the above-mentioned German tale [Leonore], he is certainly the best.