1803 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Edmund Waller

George Dyer, "Cantabrigiana: Waller" The Monthly Magazine 16 (September 1803) 135.



This gentleman was born to something more substantial than poetry — an ample patrimony — and is said to have manifested a greater desire to increase it, than is to be always found in a man of genius: he was a Member of Parliament, and is reported to have possessed an ease and eloquence in speaking, which Prior and Addison could never obtain: he was a politician, but shifted sides so often, that all parties agreed to call him a mere courtier: at all events he was an elegant poet, and had a happy knack at a compliment. He was educated at Eton-school, and removed thence to King's, to which Eton is a kind of nursery.