1797 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir William Temple

William Godwin, in "Of English Style" The Enquirer (1797) 419.



Sir William Temple is undoubtedly an agreeable writer. His thoughts frequently carry the stamp of reflection and good sense; and their impression is by no means counteracted, in the degree in which we find it in the preceding periods of our literature, by the alloy of a perplexed or unnatural phraseology.