1767 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Henry Fielding

Anonymous, in "The Pleasures of Reading" Scots Magazine 29 (June 1767) 313.



By Fielding's comic genius fir'd,
I ne'er am with his writings tir'd:
There's so much spirit, strength, and ease,
In all his hum'rous images:
His characters with justness talk,
Each keeps within his proper walk;
His Adams, Andrews, Booth, and Jones,
Have all their various looks and tones,
And all, in a peculiar way,
Their diff'rent sentiments convey,
In language admirably fit,
Their talents, taste, and turn so hit.