1822 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

David Mallet

Joseph Robertson, in Lives of the Scottish Poets (1822) 5:62.



It is only as Mallet the poet, that it is possible to rest, for a moment, without dissatisfaction on his character. Several of his pieces have suffered in durable reputation from the temporary purposes to which they were directed, but all of them display a richness of language, elegance of style, and force of sentiment, which will entitle them to preservation and remembrance. Had he never written any thing but the ballad of William and Margaret, Mallet would have deserved, for that alone, to have lived to future ages.