1748 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. James Hervey

William Shenstone to Lady Luxborough, 16 June 1748; Letters, ed. Mallam (1939) 109.



I find this moment the Meditations of Mr. Hervey on my Table, which my Brother I see has purchas'd. I remember my Lord Shaftesbury, speaking of many that are vulgarly stil'd "good Books," says, they may be so in the Main, but he is sure the Writers of them are a sorry Race. Dr. Wall's Designs are pious too, but (To speak in the way of Taste) about two thirds as Good as the Worst of Quarles's Emblems.