1713 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Dryden

Henry Felton, in Dissertation on Reading the Classics (1713; 1715) 263-64.



Certainly, there never rose a happier Genius, and a more absolute Master of Language, and Numbers. All his Poems were extremely studied, and he made every Thing he borrowed so much his own, that he improved the brightest Passages of the Greeks and Romans, and repaid them with abundant Interest.