1834 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Richard Brathwait

Robert Aris Willmott, in Lives of Sacred Poets (1834) 346-47.



Mr. Collier has pointed out to me another allusion to Wither, by Braithwait, in Time's Curtaine Drawne, 1621, where, after glancing at Abuses Whipt and Stript, he says in the margin, with — evident reference to Wither — "One whom I admire, being no less happy for his native invention, than excellent for his proper and elegant dimension." The latter part of the passage seems to imply a compliment to the personal appearance of our poet. Braithwait was his contemporary at Oxford, having been entered a Commoner of Oriel College, in 1604. Like his friend, too, he was more remarkable for his addiction to poetry and general literature, than to the prescribed studies of the University. His after-life was principally passed in the country, and he is said by Wood, to have left behind him the character of a well-bred gentleman and a good neighbour.