From Preface to the Translation, in Mixt Essays Upon Tragedies, Comedies, Italian Comedies English Comedies and Operas. Written Originally in French By the Sieur de Saint Euremont (1685), sig. A4:
The Dutch and Germans (as though frozen up) have produced little in this kind; yet we must confess that Grotius, Heinsius, Scaliger, and Vossius were Learned Criticks. Some of the English have indeed rais'd their Pens, and soar'd as high as any of the Italians, or French; yet Criticism came but very lately in fashion amongst us; without doubt Ben. Johnston had a large stock of Critical Learning; Spencer had studied Homer, and Virgil, and Tasso, yet he was misled, and debauched by Ariosto, as Mr Rymer judiciously observes.