1775 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir John Harington

Horace Walpole to William Mason, 15 April 1775; Letters, ed. Cunningham (1906) 6:202.



I have gone further into the Nugae Antiquae, and have found three invaluable letters with admirable pictures of the Courts of that time. They show clearly what a sad dog Queen Bess was, and K. James what a silly bitch. There is a bon-mot to the latter of Sir John Harrington's (translator of Ariosto), who had a great deal of wit.