1738 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Sheffield

Anonymous, in "The Apotheosis of Milton" Gentleman's Magazine (October 1738) 521.



The next who' came up had a noble Aspect, and an elegant Dress. When he pass'd up towards Ben, I observ'd that this last, putting on a serious Air, rose to him and bow'd respectfully. That Member, said my Conductor, is Sheffield Duke of Buckingham, who thought that the Poetic Laurel grac'd the Ducal Coronet. Tho' his high Birth and great Posts entitle him to no Preeminence here, yet his Merits and Accomplishments give him a Right to the Regard and Esteem of all the Assembly.