1867 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Richard Carew

Thomas Corser, in Collectanea Anglo-Poetica III (1867) 243.



This [Godfrey] is the first version of any portion of Tasso's poem in our language, and while now superseded by the more noble and spirited one of Fairfax, and other more modern translations, Carew's is considered a faithful and accurate one, although the vain attempt to render the original poem line for line has made his version harsh and unmusical, and led him to adopt many false and unmeaning rhymes.