1824 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Aaron Hill

Bryan Waller Procter, in Effigies Poeticae, or, the Portraits of the British Poets (1824) 81.



From a scarce Print by Hulsbergh.

This writer has, it must be confessed, but petit features, and withal, a little foppery in his dress; but he looks like a gentleman, and he was so. Indeed, he has the character of having been a kind, and also a spirited man in his conduct. His verse is perhaps more blameable. We do not admire his dramas; but his verses, "written at Southampton," are pleasant, and look exceedingly like the original of Cowper's "Lines on his Mother's Picture." They are not quite so good as those of the modern poet: nevertheless, they do not suffer much in comparison, and this is no scanty praise.