1809 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Christopher Pitt

Charles Lamb to Charles Lloyd Senior, 31 July 1809; Letters, ed. Lucas (1935) 82.



Pitt's Virgil is not much read, I believe, though nearer to the Original than Dryden's. Perhaps it is, that people do not like two Homers or Virgils — there is a sort of confusion in it to an English reader, who has not a center of reference in the Original: when Tate and Brady's Psalms came out in our Churches, many pious people would not substitute them in the room of David's, as they call'd Sternhold and Hopkins's.