1826 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Samuel Richardson

Anne Grant to Mrs. Hook, 13 February 1826; Grant, Memoir and Correspondence (1844) 3:70.



Blest be the shade of Richardson, who bequeathed to us the divine Clarissa, shining through sufferings, glorious in her fall, and almost visible in her ascent to the regions of immortality. Matchless creation of the only mind that ever conceived and drew truly a Christian heroine, with all her sex's softness, loveliness, and grace, and all the self-devotion, undeviating rectitude, and lively faith of the primitive martyrs! What are his numerous blemishes but dust in the balance when compared to his endless beauties? But then his faults are obvious to every common mind, and no common mind takes in his merits.