1798 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Collins

Nathan Drake, in Literary Hours (1798; 1800) 1:66-67.



He who could feel, with so much sensibility, the sorrows and misfortunes of others, and could pour the plaint of woe with such harmonious skill, was soon himself to be an object of extreme compassion. His anxiety and distress, rendered doubly poignant by a very splendid imagination, in the event produced unconquerable melancholy, and occasional fits of frenzy, and, under the pressure of these afflictions, which gradually increased, perished one the sweetest of our poets, and who ever approached the lyre with a mind glowing with inspiration.