1836 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Habington

Richard Cattermole, in Sacred Poetry of the Seventeenth Century (1836) 2:189.



He was author of "Observations on History," "History of Edward the Fourth," "The Queen of Arragon, a Tragedy;" and a volume of lyrics, entitled, "Castara." In Mr. Elton's excellent edition, (Bristol, 1812,) this volume is divided into four parts; the first and second consisting of poems in which he celebrates his wife, the Lady Lucia, daughter of Lord Powis, before and after their marriage, in a style honourable alike to the virtue of the lady, and to the chaste but fervent passion of the poet; the third comprising Funeral Elegies; the fourth, Devotional Pieces. The "Castara" is among the most exquisite productions of the kind; whether in regard to the purity of its sentiments, the moral weight and dignity of its thoughts, or the force and sweetness of its language.