John Norden (1548-1625?) was apparently both a topographer and a religious writer. See A.W. Pollard, 'The Unity of John Norden, surveyor and religious writer', The Library, 4th Ser., VII (1927), 233-52. I take the remarks here to be more than specifically linguistic.
From The Labyrinth of Mans Life, or Vertues Delight and Enuies Opposite (1614), sig. A3V:
Chawcer, Gowre, the bishop of dunkell,
In ages farre remote were eloquent:
Now Sidney, Spencer, others moe excell,
And are in latter times more excellent,
To antique Lauriats paralell
But matters of great admiration
In Moderne Poesies are wordes estrang'd
Inuention of hid speculation,
The scope whereof hardly conceiu'd as it is rang'd
But by a Comentation.
Who readeth Chaucer as a moderne man,
Not looking back into the time he wrote,
Will hardly his ambiguous phrases scan,
Which in that time were vulgar, well I wote,
Yet we run back where he began.
And all our praised Poems are beset,
With Chaucers wordes and Phrases ancient:
Which these our moderne ages quite forget
Yet in their Poems, far more Eloquent,
Not yet from Gowre or Chaucer fett.