1793 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Robert Potter

Robert Potter to Edward Jerningham, 7 June 1793; Lewis Bettany, Edward Jerningham and his Friends (1919) 373.



I am sensible that I am going down the hill, without repeated admonitions of it from my friends. The descent has been rough and steep; at present it is eady and pleasant enough, but will not admit acts of youthful folly. I trust there is nothing Anacreontic in my old age. I had rather drink with Socrates than with Anacreon; but you will never find a Diogenes in your old friend.