1781 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Webbe

Thomas Warton, in History of English Poetry (1774-81, 1840) 3:327.



William Webbe, who is styled a graduate, translated the Georgics into English verse, as he informs us in the Discourse of English Poetrie, lately quoted, and printed in 1586. And in the same discourse, which was written in defence of the new fashion of English hexameters, he has given us his own version of two of Virgil's Bucolics, written in that unnatural and impractical mode of versification.