1779 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Oldham

Vicesimus Knox, in Essays Moral and Literary (1779) 2:153.



He has lashed the Jesuits with deserved and unrelenting rigour; but though severe punishment is often necessary, yet to see it inflicted without mercy, is not agreeable. There are some works of poetry as well as of painting, which, though well executed as pieces of art, lose the praise their excellence demands, by the shocking nature of their representations.