1805 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Sotheby

Charles Brockden Brown, in The Literary Magazine 3 (1805) 425.



We may form some notion of the transcendent charms which [Spenser], if his lines were new modelled by a skilful hand, would acquire, by reading the late translation of Wieland's Oberon, a poem written in the genuine Spenserian manner. What an inestimable banquet would the translator of Wieland provide for us, by taking the Fairy Queen in hand, and bestowing the same bewitching numbers and style upon a poet who deserves them, at least as much as Wieland.