1754 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Thomas Speght

Thomas Warton, in Observations on the Faerie Queene (1754) 140n.



The labours of this editor ought by no means to be slighted in general, as he is the first that ever gave to the public a tolerably complete edition of Chaucer; and though he is censur'd as one Antiqui nihil sapiens, yet it must be confess'd, that his glossary to Chaucer, as being the first of that kind, was a very laudable undertaking; and tho' it was the first, that it is, notwithstanding, so well executed, as to have supplied very valuable materials to some more modern glossographers upon our ancient bard.