1860 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir William Jones

George Gilfillan, in Specimens with Memoirs of the less-known British Poets (1860) 3:286.



This extraordinary person, the "Justinian of India," the master of twenty-eight languages, who into the short space of forty-eight years (he was born in 1746, and died 27th of April 1794) compressed such a vast quantity of study and labour, is also the author of two volumes of poetry, of unequal merit. We quote the best thing in his book [A Persian Song of Hafiz].