1802 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Gabriel Harvey

Joseph Ritson, Bibliographia Poetica (1802) 237-38.



GABRIEL HARVEY wrote some English hexameters and other pieces of poetry, inserted, or alluded to, in Three proper, and wittie, familiar letters, &c. 1580. Particularly, at p. 51 [48] a "pawlting bungrely rime," bestow'd by him upon "an honest country gentleman, sometimes a scholler, to present his maistresse withall:" which has been, inadvertently, attributed to Spenser. He even boasts, in a subsequent publication (Four letters, &c. 1592) of being the inventour of this unnatural species of versification, which had been practise'd by lord Surrey and others before he was born. In the same pamphlet are 23 sonnets by him; and, at the end of another, intitle'd A new letter of notable contents, 1593, are 2 or 3 more. He dye'd in 16 . . .