1789 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Nathaniel Lee

Philip Neve, in Cursory Remarks on Ancient English Poets (1789) 101.



In his pages as many sublime thoughts and images may be found, as perhaps in those of any author whatsoever. And, however little advantage the theatre may now derive from his compositions, the mind of a reader will ever peruse them with admiration, dwell on their beauties, and, while he contemplates the powers of a genius so extraordinary, will lament, that they should neither be to their possessor a source of immediate independence and happiness, nor applied to those labors, in which they were exerted, with the best rules for the perpetual benefit of mankind.