1807 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Elijah Fenton

Robert Southey, in Specimens of the Later English Poets (1807) 3:284.



A Poet Minorite, whose productions are more characterised by indecency than wit. He is said to have been a moral man. What must have been the morality of an age when a moral man could write such poems, and Walter Harte, who certainly was a religious man, could present them to a young Lady, with commendatory verses in which the most obscene tales are recommended as "stories quaint to charm the hours away!"