1826 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Ambrose Philips

Richard Ryan, "Pope and Philips" Poetry and Poets: being a Collection of the choicest Anecdotes relative to the Poets of every Age and Nation (1826) 2:147.



Ambrose Philips obtained much celebrity by his Pastorals, until Tickell brought a storm upon him, by an exaggerated compliment in The Guardian; in which, he made the true pastoral pipe descend in succession from Theocritus to Virgil, Spenser, and Philips. Pope, finding his own juvenile pastorals undervalued, sent to the same paper, a comparison between the Pastorals of Pope and Philips, in which he gave the preference to the latter. The irony was not detected till it encountered the critical eye of Addison; and the consequence was, the ruin of the reputation of Philips as a writer of Pastorals.