1771 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Browne of Tavistock

A. B., in London Magazine 40 (October 1771) 515.



The poets who flourished before the restoration, except Wm. Browne, were all revived at that aera, and had due honours paid them. By an uncommon turn of fate, this divine writer, who possessed all the fine fancy of Spenser, and even the moral and pathetic touches of Shakespear, though perhpas in a degree not so elevated, has been lost amongst the sweepings of libraries, amongst dust and cobwebs, and is only known and cherished by the happy few, who studiously sought for whatever was curious and valuable.