See headnote to No. 61. Compare also Virgil's speech on literary dietics in Poetaster V. iii.
From Timber; or Discoveries…, in Workes… The Second Volume (1640), pp. 116-17; repr. Works, ed. Herford and Simpson (Oxford, 1925-52), VIII. 618:
Spencer, in affecting the Ancients, writ no Language: Yet I would have him read for his matter; but as Virgil read Ennius.
Ibid., p. 119; repr. Herford and Simpson, VIII. 622:
Words borrow'd of Antiquity, doe lend a kind of Majesty to style, and are not without their delight sometimes. For they have the Authority of yeares, and out of their intermission doe win to themselves a kind of grace-like newnesse. But the eldest of the present, and newnesse of the past Language is the best. For what was the ancient Language, which some men so doate upon, but the ancient Custome? … Virgill was most loving of Antiquity; yet how rarely doth hee insert aquai, and pictai! Lucretius is scabrous and rough in these; hee seekes 'hem: As some doe Chaucerismes with us, which were better expung'd and banish'd.