1824 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Milton

Thomas Frognall Dibdin, in Library Companion (1824; 1825) 2:718.



There be yet authors — overlooked in the preceding list of minor poets — upon whose works, unknown to posterity, Milton might have silently fed, and nourished and inflamed his darling passion for the Muses, the quaint DAVIES, the fertile WITHER, the tender LOVELACE, the gentle CRASHAW, the classical CARTWRIGHT, the refined and impassioned CARE ... with herds of JORDANS, DANIELS, DRAYTONS, RANDOLPHS, and one knows not whom ... these, as they were certainly more or less perused by Pope, so is there no very great improbability in the supposition, that they might occasionally found their way into the pockets or to the shelves of John Milton.