1810 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas May

Barron Field, "The Reign of King Edward the Third" British Bibliographer 1 (1810) 503-04.



The Reign of King Edward the Third. By Thomas May. Small 8vo.

The favourable impression which the specimen of this author, given in the Censura Literaria, X. 40, must have made upon the reader, will be confirmed by an examination of the present heroic poem. The copy of it, to which I have access, wants the title-page, but the Imprimatur is dated "17 Nov. 1634."

The poem is divided into seven books, and is on the whole deserving of little higher name than that of a chronicle in verse. The author seems however to be very capable of "greatness on great occasions," and to be strikingly liable to the sagacious criticism of the connoisseur in the Vicar of Wakefield: he would have made a better poem, if he had taken more pains.

The book is not sufficiently rare to justify occupying the pages of the BIBLIOGRAPHER with long extracts, though many passages are written in so true a poetic spirit, that they cannot fail to illustrate the truth of this remark.

BARRON FIELD.

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