1913 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. William Broome

George Saintsbury, in Cambridge History of English Literature (1913) 9:205.



Why Pope, in commiserating his own "ten whole years" of collaborative translation, should have been more unkind to William Broome than to Elijah Fenton, has not, I believe, been discovered: for jealousy of superior scholarship, the commonly imputed cause, would have applied to both. Possibly there is no other reason than that one presents a convenient, the other a very unlikely, rime. There is, indeed, said to have been a contrast in temper — Broome being rough, in that respect, and Fenton easy-going.