1807 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Charles Cotton

Robert Southey, in Specimens of the Later English Poets (1807) 1:35.



He was the author of Virgil Travestie, in which a single joke cost him dearly; his sacrilegious wit could not spare the sacred character of his Grandmother's Ruff, which he ridiculed in a couplet of that poem. A stroke of the old lady's pen, however, revenged her own wrongs and those of the Bard of Mantua at once, for she struck Cotton out of an estate of four hundred a year, which she had bequeathed to him in her will. The works of this poet were once so popular, that the thirteenth edition of them was printed in 1751.