1742 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir Walter Raleigh

John Campbell, in History and Lives of the British Admirals (1742-44); Moulton, Library of Literary Criticism (1901-05) 1:592.



He shone in the senate as a patriot, and the remains we have of his speeches, leave us in doubt which we ought most to admire, the beauty of his eloquence, or the strength of his understanding.... In regard to his private life, a beneficent master, a kind husband, an affectionate father; and, in respect to the world, a warm friend, a pleasant companion, and a fine gentleman. In a word, he may be truly styled the English Xenophon; for no man of his age did things more worthy of being recorded, and no man was more able to record them himself; insomuch, that we may say of him, as Scaliger did of Caesar, "that he fought, and wrote, with the same indomitable spirit." And thus I take my leave of one, whom it is impossible to praise enough.