1836 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir Walter Raleigh

Robert Southey to Mrs. Bray, 11 April 1836; Selections from the Letters, ed. Warter (1856) 4:447.



You ask me about Raleigh's Poems, and I ought long ago to have answered the question. Sir Egerton Brydges published an edition of them, "now first collected," at his Lee Priory Press in 1813, one of his beautiful books in quarto — 100 copies only; and probably the Oxford edition of Raleigh's works (which I have never seen) would contain these as there collected; for the Oxford editor, as I hear, took no pains to collect or add anything himself. There are but few in number, and of those few some are certainly not his, and others ascribed to him on doubtful authority, as taken from the miscellanies of his time.