1807 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Shenstone

Robert Southey, in Specimens of the Later English Poets (1807) 2:306.



If Shenstone had done nothing more than suggest to Percy, the scheme of publishing the Relicks of Ancient Poetry, he would have been a great benefactor to the Literature of his country. But we owe to him the School Mistress, a delightful poem, which pleases alike the young and old, and which the herd of criticks, in direct contradiction to their own miserable system, are compelled to praise and to admire.