Joseph Beaumont (1616-99) rounded off a brilliant career at Cambridge as Master of Peterhouse and Professor of Divinity. The whole conception of his chief poetic enterprise, Psyche, is pervasively influenced by the Faerie Oueene. The distaste he records for that poem in the lines below mark more the anxiety of the practising poet not to be overwhelmed by his model, than any genuine neo-classical spirit. See also No. 122.
From Psyche, or Loves Mysterie (1648), p. 48; repr. in Works, ed. A.B. Grosart, Chertsey Worthies' Library (1880), I. 68:
(Not far from whom [Homer, Pindar, Tasso], though in a lower clime,
Yet with a goodly Train doth Colin sweep:
Though manacled in thick and peevish Rhyme,
A decent pace his painful Verse doth keep
Well limm'd and featured is his mystick Queen,
Yet, being mask'd, her beauties less are seen.)