1811 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Joseph Ritson

Thomas Frognall Dibdin, The Bibliomania (1811); Moulton, Library of Literary Criticism (1901-05) 4:436.



SYCORAX was this demon; and a cunning and clever demon was he! I will cease speaking metaphorically, but SYCORAX was a man of ability in his way. He taught literary men, in some measure, the value of careful research and faithful quotation; in other words, he taught them to speak the truth as they found her; and doubtless for this he merits not the name of demon, unless you allow me the privilege of a Grecian. That SYCORAX loved the truth must be admitted; but that he loved no one else so much as himself to speak the truth, must also be admitted.