1810 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Elijah Waring

Anna Laetitia Barbauld, Review of Waring, The Village Sunday; The Monthly Review 61 (February 1810) 203.



As the author of this poem seems rather to apologize for than to vindicate the style in which it is written, we will not now discuss the propriety of imitating the exploded phraseology; and we shall merely observe that he has made his language sufficiently quaint to remind us of Spenser, and to gratify his own predilection in favour of that bard, without having introduced any obscurity which can render the sense ambiguous or the reader impatient. The poem contains an artless and pleasing description of the Village-Sabbath, and concludes with a touching address to Village Pastors. We have derived satisfaction from the perusal of it, and we think that no one can take it up without being interested in the subject and pleased with the execution.