From the Athenian Mercury, vol. II, no. 14, Saturday, 11 July 1691:
Quest. 3. Which is the best Poem that ever was made and who in your Opinion, deserves the Title of the best Poet that ever was?
Answ…. Plautus wrote wittily, Terence neatly-and Seneca has very fine thoughts. But since we can't go through all the world, let's look home a little. Grandsire Chaucer, in spite of the Age, was a Man of as much wit, sence and honesty as any that have writ after him. Father Ben was excellent at Humour, Shakespeare deserves the Name of sweetest, which Milton gave him.-Spenser was a noble poet, his Fairy-Queen an excellent piece of Morality, Policy, History. Davenant had a great genius.-Too much can't be said of Mr Coley. Milton's Paradise Lost, and some other Poems of his will never be equal'd. Waller is the most correct Poet we have.