1769 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Francis Quarles

James Granger, in Biographical History of England (1769; 1824) 3:135n.



Mr. Pope, in one of his letters to Bishop Atterbury, in which he incidentally mentions the vanity of the world, speaks thus of our poet: "Tinnit, inane est, with the picture of one ringing on the globe with his finger, is the best thing I have the luck to remember, in that great poet Quarles (not that I forget the Devil at Bowls; which I know to be your lordship's favourite cut, as well as favourite diversion). But the greatest part of a very different character from these: one of them, on 'O wretched man that I am, who shall deliver me from the body of this death' represents a man sitting in a melancholy posture, in a large skeleton. Another on 'O that my head were waters and mine eyes a fountain of tears,' &c. exhibits a human figure, with several spouts gushing from it, like the spouts of a fountain."