1834 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir John Davies

Robert Aris Willmott, in English Sacred Poets (1834; 1839) 1:48.



For clearness of thought, ingenuity of reasoning, accuracy of deduction, and propriety of illustration, his work may be numbered among the literary marvels of that age. While Shakespeare was peopling the stage with picturesque pageantry; and Spenser, in the zenith of his reputation, was irradiating the intellectual atmosphere with the sunshine of his beautiful imagination, Davies struck into a path in which he had no forerunner, and cannot be said to have had any successor.