1819 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

David Hume

Leigh Hunt, in The Indicator (1819-21; 1845) 1:11.



Hume, of whose philosophy better things might have been expected, is notoriously less philosophical in his history than in any other of his works. A certain coldness of temperament, not unmixed with aristocratical pride, or at least with a great aversion from everything like vulgar credulity, rendered his scepticism so extreme that it became a sort of superstition in turn, and blinded him to the claims of every species of enthusiasm, civil as well as religious. Milton, with his poetical eyesight, saw better, when he meditated the history of his native country.