1810 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir Arthur Gorges

J. F., "Lucan's Pharsalia by Gorges" British Bibliographer 1 (1810) 454.



That the man, whose amiable manners and accomplishments were illustrated by the magic verse of Spenser, fortunate enough to possess the friendship of that "Prince of English poets," and of the gallant, enterprising, but ill-fated Raleigh, alike the glory and disgrace of the reign of James I.; should have the ill fortune to transmit to posterity his name, without any memorial of his life, will excite surprise and regret in every admirer of early English literature; and, it will appear extraordinary, that, at last, when brought forth from obscurity by the diligence of an elegant critic [Henry John Todd], he should be noticed only as the author of an unpublished manuscript, when at the same time existed that work of which I now proceed to give an extract.