1801 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Henry Boyd

Alexander Thomson, in The British Parnassus, at the Close of the Eighteenth Century (1801) 29.



JOHN HOOLE is still living, to whom appertains
The chief importation of ITALY'S strains;
Of TASSO a passable picture he drew;
ARIOSTO came next; METASTASIO too;
While he did for them all quite the best he could do.
Nor yet are your triumphs in TUSCAN so scanty,
Since IRELAND can show finch a version of DANTE,
At least of his Hell, executed by BOYD,
As no other country has ever supply'd....