1713 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Edmund Waller

Henry Felton, in Dissertation on Reading the Classics (1713; 1715) 259.



Waller, for the Music of his Numbers, the Courtliness of his Verse, the Easiness and Happiness of his Thoughts on a thousand Subjects, deserves Your Lordship's Consideration more, perhaps, than any others because his Manner and his Subjects, are more common to Persons of Quality, and the Affairs of a Court. Mr. Granville, my Lord, hath rivall'd him in his finest Address, and is as happy, as he ever was, in raising modern Compliments upon ancient Story, and setting off the British Valour and the English Beauty, with the old Gods and Goddesses.