1837 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Richard Bentley

William Wordsworth to Alexander Dyce, 23 December 1837; in Letters of the Wordsworth Family, ed. Knight (1907) 3:151.



How much do I regret that I have neither learning nor eyesight thoroughly to enjoy Bentley's masterly Dissertation on the Epistles of Phalaris! Many years ago I read the work with infinite pleasure. As far as I know, or rather am able to judge, it is without a rival in that department of literature; a work of which the English nation may be proud as long as acute intellect, and vigorous powers, and profound scholarship shall be esteemed in the world.