1763 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Francis Quarles

Lord Chesterfield, 18 December 1763; in Letters (1806) 4:238.



Harte has a great poetical work to publish [The Amaranth], before it be long; he has shown me some parts of it. He had intitled it Emblems; but I persuaded him to alter that name for two reasons; the first was, because they were not emblems, but fables; the second was, that, if they had been emblems, Quarles had degraded and vilified that name to such a degree, that it is impossible to make use of it after him.