1789 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Basse

Edmond Malone to Thomas Warton, 29 September 1789; in Warton, Correspondence, ed. Fairer (1995) 634.



The William Basse to whom Dr. Bathurst has addressed a copy of Verses, and concerning whom you say, you have found no account, was the author of those elegant lines on Shakespeare, beginning "Renowned Spenser, lie a thought more nigh" &c. He was born, according to Wood, "at Moreton near Thame Park." It is much to be regretted that the Collection of his poems of which Bathurst speaks in 1651, is lost. Perhaps there might be some chance of a copy of them among Rawlinson's collections in the Bodleian.