1800 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Edward Fairfax

Nathan Drake, in Literary Hours (1800) 2:172-73.



Fairfax is entitled to great applause. I question whether any late attempt to naturalize the beautiful epic of Tasso can be considered as superior either in energy or fidelity to this old but admirable version. In many places the diction of Fairfax is peculiarly pleasing, and he greatly excels in transfusing the rural scenery of his author, and which some receives even improvement from his colouring.