1793 ca. ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Edward Fairfax

Frank Sayers, in "Rise and Progress of English Poetry" 1793 ca.; Sayers, Poetical Works, ed. Taylor (1830) 10-11.



Among the fathers of the Italian school, a distinguished place must be allowed to Edmund Fairfax, who was deemed, by Dryden, to be, in point of harmony, superior to Spenser himself; as an original poet, indeed, he is not peculiarly eminent; but his exquisite translation of Tasso's Jerusalem, is hardly surpassed by any poetical composition in the English language.