1729 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Henry Lawes

Elijah Fenton, in "Observations on some of Mr. Waller's Poems" (1729) lvi-lvii.



He was master of the public and private music to King Charles the First, by whom he was distinguish'd with marks of particular esteem, and usually call'd, The Father of Music. In the great rebellion he preserv'd his duty and gratitude inviolate; and was slain in the quarrel of his Royal Master at the siege of Chester, in the year 1645 [confusing Henry for William]. All the best Poets of that age were ambitious of having their verses compos'd by this incomparable artist: who, having been educated under Signor Coperario, introduc'd a softer mixture of Italian airs, than before had been practis'd in our nation. Milton, who was an exact judge, a good performer, and a passionate lover of music, has honor'd him with the following Sonnet....