1759 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. William Hawkins of Oxford

William Kenrick, in Review of The Works of W. Hawkins; The Monthly Review 21 (October 1759) 320-21.



We shall here, therefore, bid adieu to our Author of whose talents and capacity, if we are to judge by these Miscellanies, we conclude him to be, on the whole, a sensible man, a tolerable Writer, and a better Critic; but very deficient as a Logician or Philosopher. We are sorry, also, we cannot, with a safe conscience, confer on him the lasting fame he covets, as a Bard; but must still leave him, as he himself emphatically expresses it,

To pant with Longings for a Poet's Name.

Much fearing, however, that, as a poetical genius is the gift of Nature, not of Art, those Longings, however fervent, will never be satisfied.