1795 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir William Davenant

Robert Anderson, in Works of the British Poets (1795) 4:761.



The epic poem of Gondibert is unquestionably the noblest production of his genius; and would do honour to any writer of any age or country. The fate which it has experienced conveys reproach upon the inconstancy of national taste. When it was first published, it was condemned by some persons and applauded by others; so, among the critics of the present day, it has met with both censurers and defenders. Several of our most eminent critics have condemned Gondibert, merely because it does not correspond with their various systems.