1795 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Thomas Warton

Robert Anderson, in Works of the British Poets (1795) 11:1056.



His character was truly amiable and respectable. To his friends he was endeared by his simple, open, and friendly manners; to the University of Oxford by his long residence and many services; and to the public by the valuable additions which have been made by his talents to English poetry, antiquities, and criticism. His mind was more fraught with wit and mirth than his outward appearance promised. His person was unwieldy and ponderous, and his countenance somewhat inert; but the fascination of his converse was wonderful. He was the delight of the jovial Attic board, anniversaries, music meetings, &c. and possessed beyond most men the art of communicating variety to the dull sameness of an Oxford life. With eminent abilities, and scholastic accomplishments, he united those conciliatory talents, that amiable sociability of manners, which could, to the claim of respect for the author, add that of esteem for the man. He was a liberal scholar, an agreeable companion, a warm philanthropist, a disinterested Christian, and an amiable man.