1756 ca. ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. William Mason

James Hervey, 1756 ca.; in Collection of Letters of James Hervey (1760) 2:191-92.



Thanks for Mr. Mason's Odes. Polished Performances; but not equal, in my Judgment, to his Isis, or his Monody on Pope. I think I could point out a Defect or two in these Poems, but nothing defective could I discern in those. 'Tis Pity but Gratitude to the supreme Benefactor actuated in our Hearts, and guided our Pens. The rich Benefits of Memory, displayed by the elegant Mr. Mason! and not one Acknowledgement to the blessed Author of all. The Poet shines, but where is the Christian?