1798 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

James Thomson

Alexander Campbell, in Introduction to the History of Poetry in Scotland (1798) 218.



His last, and by far his best work, the Castle of Indolence had scarcely received its finishing touches, when his fatal illness seized him — at first it was mild, and he paid little, or no attention to his situation — but a fever supervening, cut him off, just before he completed the forty eight year of his age. His remains were laid in the church at Richmond, and his monument is to be seen in Westminster Abbey, where a corner is consecrated to the poets of Britain, among which number he was not the least.