1762 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Robert Lloyd

John Langhorne, Review of Lloyd, Poems; The Monthly Review 26 (May 1762) 385.



The principal Poems in this Collection were first published in distinct Pamphlets, and have been respectively considered in the Review; as The Actor, Shakespear, an Epistle to Mr. Garrick; an Epistle to Mr. Churchill; some Odes, &c. Several of the additional pieces are equal in merit to any thing before published by this ingenious Writer. As for those of inferior note, they are, as Corneille said of Cardinal Richlieu, not good enough to be praised, and too good to be damned. However, all have done their part towards filling up a handsome Quarto Volume; and the numerous list of subscribers, added to the many other lists of the like kind, which we have seen, will serve to secure the present age from the reproach of being unfavourable to literature.