1798 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Parsons

David Rivers, in Literary Memoirs of Living Authors (1798) 2:115.



This gentleman was one of the gleaners of laurels on the banks of the Arno, who some years ago published, in association, the Florence Miscellany (vide Merry or Piozzi). He has also written, an Ode to a Boy at Eton (Mr. Greathead, jun.), intended to counteract the gloomy conclusions of Mr. Gray's well-known Ode on that subject, which, with three Sonnets and one Epigram, was published in a quarto pamphlet, in 1796. Mr. Parsons was also, we believe, a contributor to the Poetry of the World. He has received a severe and, we confess, not an undeserved chastisement, from Mr. Gifford, the author of the Baviad and the Maeviad; and, by way of retort courteous, has shot many pins and needles from the newspapers, at the javelin-proof armour of that hero.