1791 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Peter Heylyn

Isaac D'Israeli, in Curiosities of Literature (1791) 1:492-93.



Peter Heylin thus observes in his Cosmography — The English Language is a decompound of Dutch, French, and Latin, which I conceive rather to add to it's perfection, than to detract any thing from the worth thereof, since out of every Language we have culled the most significant words, and equally participate in that which is excellent in them: their imperfections being rejected; for it is neither so boisterous as the Dutch, nor so effeminate as the French, yet as significant as the Latin; and, in the happy conjunction of two words into one, little inferior to the Greek.