1797 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Edward Fairfax

Charles Lamb to Samuel Taylor Coleridge, 5 February 1797; in Thomas Noon Talfourd, Literary Sketches and Letters ... of Charles Lamb (1849) 53.



Fairfax I have been in quest of for a long time. Johnson in his life of Waller gives a most delicious specimen of him, and adds, in the true manner of that delicate critic, as well as amiable man, "it may be presumed that this old version will not be much read after the elegant translation of my friend, Mr. Hoole." I endeavour'd — I wish'd to gain some idea of Tasso from this Mr. Hoole, the great boast and ornament of the India House, but soon desisted. I found him more vapid than smallest small beer "sun-vinegared."