1824 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Winstanley

Robert Southey, in "Hayley's Memoirs" Quarterly Review 31 (1824-25) 287.



Erroneous judgments in the court of criticism are always, sooner or later, reversed by time, and heavy damages are then awarded against those by whom they were pronounced. In an evil hour for himself did Bishop Hacket (good, and learned, and meritorious as he was) call Milton "a petty schoolboy scribbler." Winstanley was not more fortunate in saying that "his fame was gone out, like a candle in a stink;" and Burnet drew upon himself more popular censure by the unlucky sentence in which he spoke of one Prior, than by all the inaccuracies of his statements and his style.