1750 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Edwards

Samuel Richardson to Susanna Duncombe, 1750; Correspondence of Samuel Richardson, ed. Barbauld (1804) 2:245.



What honour do you do to our worthy friend, Mr. Edwards, when you say, you think he could equal Spenser! I have a very high opinion of the genius of that valuable friend. But no man that ever yet was born could equal Spenser in his own way; and I wish none but Mr. Edwards would attempt his style and manner; and he, only in sonnets: for there he may undoubtedly, I think, rival that prince of English poets. But, in description, no man will ever come up to Spenser.