1807 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Oldmixon

Robert Southey, in Specimens of the Later English Poets (1807) 1:376.



A morose, malevolent, dishonest party writer, but not destitute of ability. He published a volume of Poems, 1696, in imitation of Anacreon, and in the preface he declares that he has "endeavoured every where to be easy and natural," and says, "You will find nothing in this little volume, but what was the real sentiments of my heart at the time I writ it; and he that will not give himself a greater liberty, has no need to fear being thought forced, or unnatural, which is the greatest vice in verses of Love and Gallantry." What pretensions a man can have to ease or nature, who vents himself in laborious writings upon trifles, the following specimens will evince.