1800 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Richard Niccols

Nathan Drake, in Literary Hours (1800) 2:168-69.



Historical poetry is little susceptible of the highest beauties of the art, being too rigidly confined to allow room for the imagination to expand; it has therefore, save when it has assumed the dramatic form, seldom been popular. The Mirror for Magistrates is now almost, and perhaps deservedly, forgotten, for if we except the Induction of Sackville, which is undoubtedly an exquisite piece of allegory, and a few passages by Niccols, it is a compilation more remarkable for dulness than for any other quality.