1589 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Watson

Thomas Nashe, in "To the Gentlemen Students of both Universities" Greene's Menaphon (1589) Sig. A.



Sweete Master France, by his excellent translation of Master Thomas Watsons sugred Amintas, animated their dulled spirits to ... high witted endevors. But I knowe not how, their over timerous cowardise, hath stoode in awe of envie, that no man since him durst imitate any of the worste, of those Romane wonders in english, which makes me thinke that either the lovers of medocritie are verie many, or that the number of good Poets, are very small: and in trueth, (Master Watson except, whom I mentioned before) I knowe not almost any of late dayes that hath shewed himselfe singular in any speciall Latin Poem, whose Amintas, and translated Antigone may march in equipage of honour with any of our ancient Poets