1836 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

George Wither

Richard Cattermole, in Sacred Poetry of the Seventeenth Century (1836) 1:167.



Or the writings of this once popular poet, the principal are, "The Shepherd's Hunting," "Emblems," "Songs of the Church." He also published numerous minor productions, the greater part of which were called forth either by the public events of the calamitous times in which he lived, or by his personal sufferings in the cause of the church and monarchy. With the exception of a passage or two of extraordinary beauty, familiar to the lovers of old English verse, his works have long passed into unmerited obscurity; nor is it likely their reputation will ever be retrieved; the brilliant gems which occasionally relieve their general mediocrity, being too few to induce republication in a fastidious age.