1759 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Samuel Butler

William Warburton to Richard Hurd, 17 July 1759; in Letters of a Late eminent Prelate (1808) 214.



Mr. Gray has certainly a true taste. I should have read Hudibras with as much indifference perhaps as he did, was it not for my fondness of the transactions of those times, against which it is a satire. Besides, it induced me to think the author of a much higher class than his Remains shew him to have been. And I can now readily think the comedies he wrote were as execrable, as the satirists of that age make them to be.