1710 ca. ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Edmund Waller

Gilbert Burnet, in Bishop Burnet's History of his own Time (1715; 1823) 2:81.



Waller was the delight of the house; and even at eighty he said the liveliest things of any amongst them; he was only concerned to say that which should make him be applauded. But he never laid the business of the house to heart, being a vain and empty, though a witty man. He deserves the character of being one of the great refiners of our language and poetry. He was for near sixty years one of the best of our writers that way.