1687 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir Thomas Overbury

William Winstanley, in Lives of the Most Famous English Poets (1687) 101.



During his abode with Sir Robert Carre, he composed that excellent Poem of his, entituled, A Wife; which, for the excellency thereof, the Author of the Epistle to the Reader, prefixed before his Book, thus writes, "Had such a Poem been extant among the ancient Romans, altho' they wanted our easie conservation of Wit by Printing, the would have committed it to Brass, lest injurious time might deprive it of due eternity." Nor was his Poem of A Wife not only done to the life, but also those Characters which he wrote, to this day not out-witted by any.