1789 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Edmund Waller

Edmond Malone, 3 July 1789; Maloniana, in Sir James Prior, Life of Edmond Malone (1860) 163.



There is a good library here [at Hill-barn, home of Edmund Waller], partly consisting of the poet's collection, which has been greatly increased by his successors. I found his name written in many of the books. As he is said to have formed his versification on Fairfax's Tasso, I was curious to examine it. But it contained not a single remark in the margin, nor even his name. It was the second edition of 1624, it was remarkably clean, and had no appearance of being much read.