1783 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir John Harington

John Hoole, in Preface to Orlando Furioso (1783) 1:l-li.



If novelty be any recommendation of the work now offered to the Public, an English Ariosto may have that to plead, notwithstanding any translation that has yet appeared. We have indeed two versions of the Orlando Furioso, the first of which, by Sir John Harrington, before mentioned, published in the reign of Queen Elizabeth, and dedicated to that princess, is little known; the copies are become very scarce, and the genius of the performance, whatever merit it might claim at the time of the publication, affords now little encouragement to multiply them by a new impression.