1781 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Robert Allott

Thomas Warton, in History of English Poetry (1774-81; 1840) 3:233n.



There is a contemporary bookseller of that name. But in a little book of EPIGRAMS by John Weever, printed in 1599 (12mo.), I find the following compliment.

Ad Robertum Allot et Christopherum Middleton.

Quick are your wits, sharpe your conceits,
Short, and more sweet, your lays;
Quick but no wit, sharp no conceit,
Short and lesse sweet my Praise.