1844 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir John Harington

Robert Chambers, in Cyclopaedia of English Literature (1844; 1850) 1:104.



The first translator of Ariosto into English was SIR JOHN HARRINGTON, a courtier of the reign of Elizabeth, and also god-son of the queen. He was the son of John Harrington, Esq., the poet already noticed. Sir John wrote a collection of epigrams, and a Brief View of the Church, in which he reprobates the marriage of bishops. He is supposed to have died about the year 1612. The translation from Ariosto is poor and prosaic, but some of his epigrams are pointed.