1799 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir William Jones

William Taylor of Norwich to Robert Southey, 28 January 1799; J. W. Robberds, Memoir of the Life and Writings of William Taylor (1843) 1:251.



I observe with pleasure an advertised edition of Sir William Jones. Few men have united a taste so elegant, a learning so comprehensive, a love of liberty so entire, and a virtue so equable. His poems are the sweetest blossoms of the rose-garden of volupsy; his dissertations are cameos, which display at once the artist and the most recondite love of antiquity. Selden and Milton were his predecessors in a like career; he may be placed between them — no other country can boast his rival.