1843 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Nicholas Ferrar

Sara Coleridge to Mr. Justice Coleridge, 11 March 1843; in Memoir and Letters (1874) 196-98.



I am reading a very interesting Memoir of Nicholas Ferrer, who lived in the times of James I. and Charles I. Were it not for certain expressions of the subject of grace, which clearly show that the writer is no disciple of Pusey, one might suppose it a publication of the Oxford School — the sentiments, and some of the principles which it illustrates, being just such as Paget seeks to recommend by his amusing Tales. Without intended disparagement to Paget, how great is the superiority of the narrative to the fiction as a vehicle of truth! — the one bears something the same relation to the other, when carefully criticised, as the piece of linen or lace, viewed through a microscope, to the natural leaf or slip of wood examined in the same way.