William Habington

Thomas Corser, in Collectanea Anglo-Poetica 7 (1877) 126.

Of the author of these Poems a copious and interesting account will be found in Nash's Hist. of Worcester, vol. i, p. 588; and in Wood's Athen. Oxon. vol. iii, p. 224, Ed. Bliss; and for a further account of him and his writings, with critiques upon his Castara, and some extracts from it, consult the Cens. Liter. vol. iii, p. 60, &c., where, in a long and elaborate article on the merits of Carew, Habington, and Lovelace, written by Mr. Utterson, he says, that "of these three Poets, the most intrinsic merit appears to be possessed by Habington," "who seems almost everywhere to show a mind exuberant in a copious and affecting morality, gilded by a smiling fancy, almost always chaste and classical." Mr. Park also prefers Habington before either Carew or Waller, as possessed of more unaffected tenderness and delicacy of sentiment. See also the same work, vol. viii, p. 227, and, again, p. 389, where is a memoir of him by Mr. Nicholls, the historian, of Leicestershire. In addition to these, consult likewise Ellis's Specim. Early Eng. Poet., vol. iii, p. 203; Phillips's Theatr. Poet., vol. ii, p. 32, edit. 1824; Biog. Dramat. vol. i, p. 305; Chalmers's Biogra. Dict; Hallam's Liter. of Eur., vol. iii, p. 509; Collier's Bridgewater Catal., p. 138; the new edition of Habington's Works, by Mr. Elton, and an article in the Retrosp. Rev. vol. xii, p. 274.