1807 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Moses Mendez

Robert Southey, in Specimens of the Later English Poets (1807) 2:258.



The poetry of Mendez will serve to shew that it is not necessary for a man to starve in order to qualify him for writing well. He was born in affluence, and dignified his ease by literature, and the company of literary men. He was the author of several dramatick pieces, as well as other poems. Mendez was of Jewish extraction, and inherited the national industry of his forefathers; for he once meditated the profession of the law in Doctor's-commons, though he was at the same time a poet, and possessed of an hundred thousand pounds.