1775 ca. ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas D'Urfey

James Harris, 1775 ca.; in Philological Inquiries (1781) 233.



'Tis not however improbable that some intrepid spirit may demand again, What avail these subtleties? — Without so much trouble, I can be full enough pleased. — We answer, And so does the Carrion-crow, that feeds upon a Carcase. The difficulty lies not in knowing WHAT we like; but in knowing HOW to like, and WHAT IS WORTH LIKING. Till these Ends are obtained, we may admire Durfey before Milton; a smoaking Boor of Hemskirk, before an Apostle of Raphael.