1824 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir John Harington

Bryan Waller Procter, in Effigies Poeticae, or, the Portraits of the British Poets (1824) 16.



From an original Picture in the possession of E. M. Harrington, Esq.

SIR JOHN HARRINGTON was the godson of Queen Elizabeth, and son of John Harrington already mentioned. He has a cunning and somewhat vulgar look; and, indeed, his poetry has in it but little to make us forget his personal defects. His Muse had no alliance with royalty; nor do we trace in his eye any thing of the nobility of his blood. We should have guessed that his god was Hermes, and not Apollo.