1806 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

David Carey

Francis William Blagdon, in Flowers of Literature for 1805 (1806) lxxviii.



Mr. CAREY, the author of the Pleasures of Nature, has produced a pleasing volume, entitled The Reign of Fancy. He invokes the aid of this goddess, who descends and describes her powers in retracing the past and anticipating the future, thereby heightening the joy of the present. The poet then describes the work of creation, the beauties of Eden, the expulsion of Adam and Eve, traces the progress of man through the paths of science, pourtrays the charms of rural retirement and domestic felicity, and makes the soundest remonstrances to the libertine and voluptuary.