1674 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Abraham Cowley

Thomas Rymer, Preface to Rapin (1674) Sig B3-B3v.



In the Davideis (fragment and imperfect as it is) there shines something of a more fine, more free, more new, and more noble air, than appears in the Hierusalem of Tasso, which for all his care, is scarce perfectly purg'd from Pedantry. But in the Lyrick way however, Cowley far exceeds him, and all the rest of the Italians: though Lyrick Poesie is their principal glory, and Pope Urban VIII, had the honour a little before him to enrich modern Poesie with the Pindarick strains.