1805 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Elijah Fenton

Henry John Todd, in Works of Spenser (1805) 1:cxvi.



Fenton, in his notes on Waller's poems, considers the assertion of Sir James Ware as entitled to no credit: "Instead of deploring," he says, "the fate of those six books which are supposed to be lost, I am entirely of opinion with Mr. Dryden, that, upon Sir Philip Sidney's death, Spenser was deprived both of means and spirit to accomplish his design."