1808 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Nashe

Samuel Egerton Brydges, in Censura Literaria 7 (1808) 152.



In the research for notices of early writers, the satiric criticisms of Nash become valuable, and, where not overstrained by personal invective, may be considered of good authority. His attacks on the writers of the period, appear to have been dictated with such severity as in his own estimation to be entitled to an apology, and in an address to the reader prefixed to Christ's Tears over Jerusalem, whereunto is annexed a comparative admonition to London, he accordingly says, "Nil nisi flere libet; gentles here is not joyful subject towards; if you will weep, so it is. I have nothing to spend on you but passion. A hundred unfortunate farewels to fantastical satirisme. In those vaines here to fore I mispent my spirit, and prodigally conspired against good houres. Nothing is there now so much in my vowes, as to be at peace with al men, and make submissive amends where I have most displeased."