1796 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Gifford

Thomas James Mathias, in Pursuits of Literature (1796; 1800) 135 & n.



Merry and Crusca! .... Gifford's right: beware;
The very ground is his and Bavian air.

The author of the Baviad and Maeviad. Mr. Gifford is the most correct poetical writer I have read, since the days of Pope. Upon the whole I give the preference to the Baviad after much consideration, though both the Poem may be studied with pleasure and advantage. — I have not the honour of Mr. Gifford's acquaintance; and indeed, from the nature of my retirement, I probably may never see him.