1781 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Henry Lok

Thomas Warton, in History of English Poetry (1774-81; 1840) 3:359.



Henry Lock subjoined to his metrical paraphrase of Ecclesiastes, and his Sundry Christian Passions contayned in two hundred Sonnets, both printed together by Field, in 1597, a set of sonnets to the nobility, among which are lord Buckhurst and Anne the amiable countess of Warwick. And, not to multiply more instances, Spenser, in compliance with a disgraceful custom, or rather in obedience to the established tyranny of patronage, prefixed to the FAIRY QUEENE fifteen of these adulatory pieces, which in every respect are to be numbered among the meanest of his compositions.