1748 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Bp. Robert Lowth

William Shenstone to Richard Jago, 14 February 1748; Works (1769) 3:151-52.



I spent the Sunday night and the next day at Mr. Wren's; and am now just returned from Mr. Dolman's, who has made me a genteel present of Spence's Polymetis. I have not yet read many dialogues in it, but I have dipped in several; and have reason to be well enough satisfied with the simple and uninvidious manner in which he has introduced Mr. Lowth's poem [Choice of Hercules]. I have long known of this intended introduction (which I accidentally found to have been settled between them before I published mine on the same subject), and a little dreaded the form of it. I have long ago made considerable improvements in mine, and have a mind one day to publish it once more; after which, let it sleep in peace.