1797 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. William Mason

John Aikin?, in "Retrospect of Domestic Literature" The Monthly Magazine 4 (August 1797) 120.



In our present gallery of the muses, which is not very splendidly furnished, the first place must be allotted to Mr. Mason, a veteran, who has for nearly half a century been respectably ranked among our English poets; a third volume of his poems, revised and corrected by his own mature judgment, has appeared, which, if they do not much encrease, will certainly not diminish the author's well earned reputation as a poet: as a citizen, it may be regretted, that, in his last publication, he abandons those principles of freedom, for which through life, he had been a strenuous advocate.