1833 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Gabriel Harvey

John Wilson, in "Spenser" Blackwood's Magazine 34 (1833) 809.



Gabriel has been taken very severely to task for throwing cold water on the embryo Faerie Queen, whom he hailed with delight on her birth. But Mr. Hobhouse, or some other friend of Byron's — and all his intimate friends were men of talents — went as far wrong in his judgment of the "Childe;" — and people must be pardoned for prophesying amiss of great original poems in manuscript. Harvey could have seen but a few cantos — probably unconnected and unfinished — and from them a wiser man might not have been able to form any idea of the magnificent and beautiful whole — or half of a whole — as it afterwards shone forth, in seventy-two cantos, certainly the loveliest, and perhaps the most glorious constellation in the Heaven of Poetry.