1713 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Ambrose Philips

Henry Felton, in Dissertation on Reading the Classics (1713; 1715) 269-70.



Spencer may, perhaps, dispute the Pastoral, even with Theocritus; for I dare prefer him to Virgil, and in him alone the Sweetness and Rusticity of the Doric Muse was to be found, till of late Years some happy Genius among ourselves have assembled all the Beauties of the Arcadian Poetry, and restored their Simplicity, Language and Manners to the Swains.