1791 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Henry More

Isaac D'Israeli, in "Modern Platonism" Curiosities of Literature (1791; 1866) 810.



Dr. More, the most rational of our modern Platonists, abounds, however, with the most extravagant reveries, and was inflated with egotism and enthusiasm, as much as any of his mystic predecessors. He conceived that he held an intercourse with the divinity itself! that he had been shot as a fiery dart into the world, and he hoped he had hit the mark. He carried his self-conceit to such extravagance, that he thought his urine smelt like violets, and his body in the spring season had a sweet odour; a perfection peculiar to himself. These visionaries indulge in the most fanciful vanity.