ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Edward Thurlow

(1781-1829)


The son of Thomas Thurlow, bishop of Durham, Edward Thurlow, second baron Thurlow, attended Charterhouse and Magdalen College Oxford (created M.A. 1801). He benefitted from a number of sinecures: patentee of the Bankrupts Office, clerk of the presentation of the Petty Bag Office, clerk of the Hanaper and of the custody of lunatics and idiots, and the registrar of the diocese of Lincoln. Thurlow was widely ridiculed for his literary attempts to revive the spirit of chivalry he discovered in Philip Sidney — though Charles Lamb admired his sonnets.


TEXT RECORDS:

1810On beholding the Portraiture of Sir Philip Sidney in the Gallery at Penshurst.
1810On the divine and never-ending Memory of Sir Philip Sidney.
1810To the right honourable, the Earl of Granard.
1810To the right honourable, the Earl of Moira, Lord Hastings and Rawdon.
1810To the right honourable, the Earl Spencer, Knight of the most noble Order of the Garter.
1810To the right honourable, the Lord Holland.
1812To a very illustrious Nobleman.
1813A Dialogue of Two Shepherds.
1813After a Season of Storm.
1813On Mr. Todd's Edition of Spenser.
1813The Large Empire of Love.
1813To the Right Honourable, the Earl of Ashburnham.
1813[Untitled, "Farewell, vain hope of an enlarged fame."]
1813[Untitled, "The Cuckoo now shall mock the Nightingale."]
1813[Untitled, "Who have been great, in this our mortal clime."]
1814Moonlight.
1814To Robert Southey, Esq. Poet Laureate.

PUBLICATIONS:

The defence of poesy [Sidney, ed. Thurlow]. 1810.
Verses prefixed to the Defence of poesy; the induction to an heroic poem; also verses dedicated to the Prince Regent. 1812.
Hermilda in Palestine, with other poems. 1812.
Poems on several occasions. 1813.
Ariadne: a poem.
Carmen britannicum: or the song of Britain, written in honour of his Royal Highness George Augustus Frederick Prince Regent. 1814.
Moonlight; The doge's daughter; Ariadne; Carmen britannicum; Angelica. 1814.
The sonnets of Edward Lord Thurlow. 1819.
Select poems. 1816; 1821.
Angelica, or the rape of Proteus: a poem. 1822.
Arcita and Palamon, after Geoffrey Chaucer. 1822.
The odes of Anacreon, trans. Thurlow. 1822.
The flower and the leaf: after ... Chaucer. 1825.