1747 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Thomas Jackson

Anonymous, in Biographia Britannica (1747-66) 4:2748.



His works are very numerous, and entirely theological. With regard to his character, he was a man of a blameless life, studious, humble, courteous, and very charitable; pious, and exemplary both in his private and public conversation: so that he was respected and beloved by the most considerable persons in the nation. And tho' he was reviled as an Arminian, by the Puritans or rigid Calvinists, the plagues of his time, yet the greatest esteem was no more than his due, even on account of his learning. For he was well furnished with all the learned languages, arts, and sciences; especially metaphysics, which he considered as a necessary handmaid to Divinity; profoundly read in the Fathers, and of a wonderful and deep judgment.