Sir William Temple (1628-99) was educated at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, where he was a student of Cudworth, but left without a degree. Temple was with the Ancients in the controversy with Bentley, and since he secured the services of his amanuensis, Swift, for The Battle of the Books, he can be said, at one level, to have won.
From Upon Poetry in Miscellanea. The Second Part (1690) pp. 46-7:
Petrarch, Ronsard, Spencer, met with much Applause upon the Subjects of Love, Praise, Grief, Reproach. Ariosto and Tasso entered boldly upon the Scene of Heroick Poems, but having not Wings for so high Flights, began to Learn of the old Ones, fell upon their Imitations, and chiefly of Virgil, as far as the Force of their Genius or Disadvantage of New Languages and Customs would allow. The Religion of the Gentiles had been woven into the Contexture of all the antient Poetry, with a very agreeable mixture, which made the Moderns affect to give that of Christianity, a place also in their Poems. But the true Religion, was not found to become Fiction so well, as a false had done, and all their Attempts of this kind seemed rather to debase Religion than to heighten Poetry. Spencer endeavoured to Supply this, with Morality, and to make Instruction, instead of Story, the Subject of an Epick Poem. His Execution was Excellent, and his Flights of Fancy very Noble and High, but his Design was Poor, and his Moral lay so bare, that it lost the Effect; 'tis true, the Pill was Gilded, but so thin, that the Colour and the Taste were too easily discovered.