1681 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

George Wither

Richard Baxter, in Poetical Fragments (1681); Allibone, Critical Dictionary of English Literature (1858-71; 1882) 3:2807.



Honest George Withers, though a rustic poet, hath been very acceptable; as to some prophecies, so to others, for his plain country honesty.... Quarles yet outwent him: mixing competent wit with piety; especially in his poem against "Rest on Earth." Silvester, or Dubartas, seems to me to outdo them both.