1807 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Somervile

Robert Southey, in Specimens of the Later English Poets (1807) 405.



The Chase will preserve the Writer's name and reputation when his other Works are neglected, for it is the production of a sportsman, a scholar, and a poet. Shenstone has described his private character in one of those happy sentences, which being once heard is never to be forgotten. "I loved Mr. Somervile, because he knew so perfectly what belonged to the flocci-nauci-nihili-pilification of money."