1882 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Habington

Epes Sargent, in Harper's Cyclopaedia of British and American Poetry (1882) 88.



Habington (1605-45) was a Roman Catholic. He was educated at St. Omer's and Paris, and after his return to England married the lady who is the Castara of his volume of poems. He had no stormy passions to agitate him, no unruly imagination to control. His verses are often of a placid, tender, elegant description, but studded with conceits.