1758 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. John Free

Anonymous, Review of Free, Poems (1757); The Monthly Review 18 (1758) 185.



As literary attainments, and inborn power in poetry are really distinct things, though we do not consider him among the humblest versifiers, we conceive he will be prudent in sitting down contented in a moderate station among the minor poets; and compensate himself for any deficiancy that way, by the solid reputation he enjoys, of being a truly well principled Englishman, and a very good natured man.