1859 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Habington

David Masson, in Life of John Milton (1859-94; 1965) 1:496-97.



It will be seen that Habington, in this particular [religious] portion of his poems, takes a place among the religious poets of the time beside Donne and Herbert, with about as much difference as might be supposed to arise from the mode of thought of a loyal English Roman Catholic as compared with that of two Anglican churchmen. In these poems he rises above his pedantry and frigidity, and even seems to leave poor Castara behind as, though still perfect enough in her way, only an impediment to the higher ecstacies of his private contemplations.