1810 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

David Hume

Samuel Taylor Coleridge, 23 December 1810; Henry Crabb Robinson, Diary, Reminiscences, and Correspondence (1870; 1872) 1:162.



On my noticing Hume's obvious preference of the French tragedians to Shakespeare, Coleridge exclaimed: "Hume comprehended as much of Shakespeare as an apothecary's phial would, placed under the falls of Niagra."