1799 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Warner

Nathan Drake, "On Pastorals" Literary Hours (1799; 1800) 1:334.



The Sad Shepherd of Jonson likewise, Browne's Britannia's Pastorals and WARNER'S Albion's England may be mentioned as containing much pastoral description of the most genuine kind. Of the singular production of Warner, there is, I believe, no modern edition, yet few among our elder poets more deserve the attention of the lover of nature and rural simplicity. Some well-chosen extracts from this work are to be found in the collections of Percy and Headley, and his Argentile and Curan has been the mean of enriching our language with an admirable drama from the pen of Mason. Scott too, in describing his favorite village of Amwell, "where sleeps our bard by Fame forgotten" has offered a due tribute to his memory. Numerous passages estimable for their simple and pathetic beauty might be quoted from his volume; the following will convince the reader, that harmony of versification also, and a terseness and felicity of diction are among his excellences.