1764 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Leonard Welsted

David Erskine Baker, in Companion to the Play-House (1764) 2:Sig. Hh4v.



Our Author, however, does not appear to have been a mean Poet; he had certainly, from Nature, a good Genius; but, after he came to Town, he became a votary to Pleasure; and the Applauses of his Friends, which taught him to overvalue his Talents, perhaps slackened his Diligence, and, by making him trust solely to Nature, slight the Assistance of Art.... How far Mr. Pope's Insinuation is true, that Mr. Welsted owed his Inspiration to Beer, they who read his Works may determine for themselves.