1753 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Allan Ramsay

John Werge, in "Epistles on Several Subjects" Collection of Original Poems (1753) 303.



The wreath of pastoral excellence is certainly due to our countryman SPENCER, who in sentiment, diction, and manner has undoubtedly given us the representation of the Golden Age, from whence we may date the birth of pastoral. Nor must it be forgot, that the pastoral wrote in the Scot's language, intitled the Gentle Shepherd, is in this species of composition a very masterly performance; but as it's beauties are almost confined to the understingings of one sett of people, it has not an opportunity of meeting with the universal applause it deserves.