1705 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Brown

John Dunton, in Life and Errors (1705; 1818) 1:179.



Tom Brown is a good Scholar, and knows to translate either the Latin or the French incomparably well. He is enriched with a noble genius, and understands our own Tongue as well, if not better, than any man of the age. The Poems he has written are very beautiful and fine, but the urgency of his circumstances will not allow him time enough to lay out his talent that way. After all, I cannot but say that his Morals are wretchedly out of order; and it is extreme pity that a man of so fine parts, and so well accomplished every other way, should spend his time upon a few romantic Letters, that seem purely designed to debauch the Age, and overthrow the foundations of Religion and Virtue.