1796 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Francis Quarles

Charles Lamb to Samuel Taylor Coleridge, 1796; in Thomas Noon Talfourd, Final Memorials of Charles Lamb (1849) 31.



Quarles I am as great a stranger to as I was to Withers. I wish you would try and do something to bring our elder bards into more general fame. I writhe with indignation when, in books of criticism, where commonplace quotation is heaped upon commonplace quotation, I find no mention of such men as Massinger, or Beaumont and Fletcher, men with whom succeeding dramatic writers (Otway alone excepted) can bear no manner of comparison. Stupid Knox hath noticed none of 'em among his [Elegant] extracts.