1824 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir William Jones

Thomas Frognall Dibdin, in Library Companion (1824) 413n.



A scholar, a critic, philosopher, lawyer, and poet, — where shall we find, in the work of the same man, greater demonstration of pure and correct feelings, and cultivated and classical taste, than in the volumes here noticed and recommended? The piety of Sir William Jones was not inferior to his learning. A thoroughly good and great-minded man, — his caution, humility, and diffidence were equal to his learning and multifarious attainments; and there is a vigour and raciness in his translations of Persian poetry which give them the enchanting air of original compositions.