See headnote to No. 119.
From An Epistle to A Friend concerning Poetry (1700), p. 12:
SPENCER more smooth and neat than Chaucer, and none than He
Could better skill of English Quantity,
Tho by his Stanza cramp'd, his Rhimes less chast,
And antique Words affected all disgrac'd;
Yet vast his Genius, noble were his Thoughts,
Whence equal Readers wink at lesser faults.
See headnote to No. 125.
From The Preface to An Ode, Humbly Inscrib'd to the Queen… Written in Imitation of Spenser's Stile (1706), sigs. A-Av; repr. The Literary Works, ed. H.B. Wright and M.K. Spears (Oxford, 1959), I. 230-1:
As to the Style, the Choice I made of following the Ode in Latin, determin'd Me in English to the Stanza; and herein it was impossible