1807 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Joseph Mitchell

Robert Southey, in Specimens of the Later English Poets (1807) 1:361.



The man who returned Thomson's Winter to him with this foolish and impertinent couplet.

Beauties and faults so thick lie scattered here,
Those I could read if these were not so near.

By Cibber's account he seems to have been vicious and dishonest. He was called Sir Robert Walpole's poet, and during great part of his life entirely depended upon his bounty. His poems were printed in two volumes, 1729.