1800 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas James Mathias

Nathan Drake, in Literary Hours (1800) 2:196.



This last production [Pursuits of Literature] though in a few places unnecessarily caustic and querulous, and too indiscriminate in the objects of its literary censure, is the product of extensive erudition, and of a wish to befriend the noblest efforts of patriotism and religion. The poet has brought to his task powers alike vigorous and multiform, and has given to his country in the hour of difficulty and danger certainly no trifling, no unimportant aid.