1813 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Thomas Heyrick

John Nichols, "Heyrick's Poems" Gentleman's Magazine 83 (February 1813) 99-100.



As the Author of this Volume [Miscellany Poems, 1691] is but little known, and may be mistaken for his kinsman, Robert Herrick, the famous Author of the Hesperides, a short account of him may perhaps be not unwelcome.

Thomas Heyrick, a descendant of the antient family of that name, and nephew, it is believed, of Robert Herrick the Poet, was born about 1647, and educated at Peter-house, Cambridge; B.A. 1670; M.A. 1675. He obtained the curacy of Market Harborough in 1682; and published a Sermon, in 1685, on the Proclamation by King James II.; and another, in the same year, under the title of The Character of a Rebel, in a Sermon preached at Market Harborough, on the 26th day of July, 1685, being the Day of Thanksgiving appointed for his Majesty's Victory over the Rebels. This Sermon, which was licensed at Lambeth, Aug. 22, 1685, and published by Samuel Heyrick, at Gray's Inn, is inscribed "To the Right Honourable Edward Griffin, esq. Treasurer of the Great Chamber, and Lieutenant-General of his Majesty's First Troop of Horse Guards;" whose "loyalty, and that of his family for many generations, that vestal fire which hath never gone out, but hath cherished an inextinguishable zeal for King and Country," is extolled by Mr. Heyrick; who goes on, "Blessed be God for Victory! We live now in a time when Loyalty is in fashion; it swims quietly down the stream without any opposition; and every one will venture out to sea in halcyon days."

The Volume which occasioned this Letter is intituled Miscellany Poems, by Tho. Heyrick, M.A. formerly of Peter-House College in Cambridge, 1691. 4to. pp. 112; and containes also The Submarine Voyage, a Pindarick Poem in Four Parts; and prefixed to it, besides the verses by Barnes, are others, by William Tunstall; Theophilus Judd, of St. John's College, Cambridge, dated Kibworth, Sept. 11, 1690; George Walker, of Emanuel College; and Lancelot Manning, B.A. of Trinity College.

The gratitude and attention of Mr. Heyrick to the Family of the Earl of Rutland is evident in many of the Poems; and his principal amusements appear to have been Poetry and Angling. — Mr. Judd's Poem is addressed to "his ingenious Friend and Brother-Angler;" and Heyrick has "A Pindarique Ode in Praise of Angling, to my worthy Friend Mr. Thomas Bateman"....