1812 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Samuel Rowlands

Joseph Haslewood, in British Bibliographer 2 (1812) 105.



The muse of Rowlands is seldom found in good company. Her best characters are generally picked up by the way side among the idle and vicious; sometimes on benches of tippling houses, and too often the precincts of Bridewell; or from the crowd usually waited upon a delinquent wearing "Tyburne-tiffany." Her only interest is founded upon locality of description, which may be presumed a faithful, if not a flattering copy of the times.