1899 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Moses Mendez

Henry A. Beers, in English Romanticism in the Eighteenth-Century (1899) 91.



The obligation to be properly "obsolete" in vocabulary was one that rested heavily on most of these Spenserian imitators. The Squire of Dames, for instance, by the wealthy Jew, Moses Mendez, fairly bristles with seld-seen costly words, like "benty," "frannion," etc, which it would have puzzled Spenser himself to explain.