1777 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Thomas Warton

William Mason to Joseph Warton, 24 April 1777, Warton, Poems, ed. Mant (1802) 1:xviii.



I have to thank you also for the very flattering sentiments which you express of my late publication, and also for the most acceptable present of that elegant collection of poems, with which you have obliged the public. I am however sorry to find, that The Triumph of Isis has not found a place near the delicate Complaint of Cherwell, to which it was a proper companion; and I fear that a punctilio of politeness to me was the occasion of its exclusion. Had I known of your intention of making this collection, most certainly I should have pleaded for the insertion of that poem, which I assure you I think greatly excels the Elegy which occasioned it, both in its poetical imagery, and the correct flow of its versification. And if I put any value upon my own juvenile production, it is because it is written on those old Whig principles, which I am as proud of holding now that they are out of fashion and I am turned fifty, as I then was when they were in fashion, and I was hardly turned twenty. I trust, Sir, you are a Tory moderate enough to forgive me this wrong.