1846 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir John Harington

Leigh Hunt, in Preface to Italian Poets (1846); Works (1854) 4:x-xi.



Harrington, the gay "godson" of Queen Elizabeth, is not always unlike Ariosto; but when not in good spirits he becomes as dull as if her majesty had frowned on him.