1779 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Bp. Robert Lowth

William Hayley to Thornton, 1779, Memoirs of William Hayley (1823) 1:182-83.



You know my great regard for the literary character of Lowth. I was so struck by the account that Arnold gave me of his having sunk in reputation, and by Price's reply to his sermon, that I could not resist the idea of purifying our intended patron for an extensive poem, by a few monitory verses, before we hail him in our projected work as the Pontifex Libertatis.