1854 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Vicesimus Knox

Leigh Hunt, in Selections from English Authors; Works (1854) 3:23.



It is beautiful to think how ignorant our grown memories are of prefaces to books of amusement that were put into our hands when young, and how intensely we remember the best extracts. What grown up people in general know anything of good Dr. Enfield, or didactic Dr. Knox, or even of Percy, the editor of Ancient Reliques? Yet who that has read The Speaker, and Elegant Extracts ever forgot the soliloquy in Hamlet, Goldsmith's Beau Tibbs, and Contented Beggar, or the story of Robin Hood?