1598 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Warner

Francis Meres, in Palladis Tamia (1598) fol. 281v.



As Decius Ausonius Gallus in libris Fastorum, penned the occurrences of ye world from the first creation of it to his time, that is, to the raigne of the Emperor Gratian: so Warner in his absolute Albions Englande hath most admirably penned the historic of his own country from Noah to his time, that is, to the raigne of Queene Elizabeth; I have heard him termd of the best wits of both our Universities, our English Homer.

As Euripedes is the most sententious among the Greek Poets: so is Warner among our English Poets.