Richard Carew (1555-1620) was educated at Christ Church, where he was a younger contemporary of Sir Philip Sidney. Better known as an antiquary than anything else, he became an active member of the Society of Antiquaries in 1589. The Survey of Cornwall (Cornwall was his native county) secured his reputation in this field. His enthusiasm for Spenser as a descriptive poet, if the author of the second of these two pieces is indeed Carew, may derive from his antiquarian interests. The comparison of Spenser with Lucan in the first piece is ambiguously complimentary: compare Sidney on Lucan in his Apology for Poetry. For another notice by Carew on Spenser, see No. 145.
(a) From The Excellencie of the English tongue by R.C. of Antony Esquire to W.C. (written c. 1595), in Camden's Remaines, concerning Britaine (1614), p. 44. The text here is reprinted from G. Gregory Smith, Elizabethan Critical Essays (Oxford, 1904, II. 293):
Will you read Virgill? take the Earle of Surrey, Catullus? Shakespeare and Barlowe's fragment, Ouid? Daniell, Lucan? Spencer, Martial? Sir Iohn Davies and others: will you haue all in all for Prose and verse? take the miracle of our age Sir Philip Sidney.
(b) From A Herrings Tale (1598), sig. B4V:
But neither can I tell, ne can I stay to tell,
This pallace architecture, where perfections dwell:
Who list such know, let him Muses despencier reede,
Or thee, whom England sole did since the conquest breed,
To conquer ignorance, Sidney like whom endite,
Euen Plato would, or loue (they say) like Plato write.
[On the authorship of this piece, which is uncertain, see CBEL I. 826.]