1859 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Giles Fletcher

David Masson, in Life of John Milton (1859-94; 1965) 1:460.



The descriptions [in Christs Victorie] are in a high style of allegoric phantasy, the language of Spenser and even his cadence being but transferred to a sacred subject; the personifications, which are numerous, are also singularly Spenserian; and altogether the impression left is that of a fine, sensitive, and pious mind. Here is part of the allegoric description of Mercy:—

About her head a cypress heaven she wore,
Spread like a veil upheld with silver wire,
In which the stars so burnt in golden ore
As seemed the azure web was all on fire.