1800 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Edmund Waller

Nathan Drake, in Literary Hours (1800) 2:172.



To say of Carew that he is superior to Waller is saying nothing, for if every line of Waller were lost, I know not that poetry would have any thing to lament. The works of both however should be preserved, and I hope ever will be, as necessary to mark the progress of our language toward refinement.