1807 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Hinchliffe

Robert Southey, in Specimens of the Later English Poets (1807) 399.



A bookseller in London, who presented an Ode to George the First, on his arrival at Greenwich, collected a volume of Poems, 1718, and published another, consisting entirely of his own productions, entitled Poems Amorous, Moral, and Divine. These, as he himself says, "were composed in that season of life when the Passions generally retain a dominion over Reason; when the mind is a novice in Reflection." This he gives as an excuse for the "little levities and amorous liberties of some of the Love Poems." — Perhaps none is more pre-eminent in nonsense than the following Ode [Upon seeing Philesia at her Window].