1751 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

George Lyttelton

William Shenstone to Richard Graves, 17 September 1751; Works (1769) 3:213.



There was something accountable enough to me in their burlesquing Mr. L—'s monody. He is, you know, engaged in a party and his poem (though an extraordinary fine composition) was too tender for the public ear. It should have been printed privately, and a number of copies dispersed among their friends and acquaintance; but even so it would have been republished; and it was too good to suppress. I wish the burlesquers of such ingenious profusions could be punished, consistently with English liberty.