1887 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Joseph Beaumont

George Saintsbury, in History of Elizabethan Literature (1887) 379.



Beaumont, a strong cavalier and an orthodox churchman, was a kind of adversary of [Henry] More's, whose length and quaintness he has exceeded, while he has almost rivalled his learning in Psyche, or Love's Mystery, a religious poem of huge dimensions, first published in 1648 and later in 1702. Beaumont, as both fragments of this vast thing and his minor poems show, had fancy, taste, and almost genius on opportunity; but the prevailing mistake of his school, the idea that poetry is a fit vehicle for merely prosaic expression, is painfully apparent in him.