1720 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Walsh

Giles Jacob, in Historical Account of the Lives and Writings of our most considerable English Poets (1720) 223-24.



A Worcestershire Gentleman, educated at the University of Oxford. He was a very learned and judicious Man, and by his particular Application to the Studies of the Muses, became a good Poet, and an excellent Critick. He was chosen Knight of the Shire for the County of Worcester, in several Parliaments, and made Gentleman of the Horse to King William and Queen Mary, under the Duke of Somerset. He writ,

I. The Golden Age Restor'd, an Imitation of the fourth Eclogue of Virgil; a famous State-Poem, publish'd a little after King William's Death.

II. Horace, Lib. 3. Ode 3. imitated.

III. Love-Poems, Pastoral Eclogues, &c. wherein the Passion of Love is admirably describ'd.

He has likewise a Collection of Letters amorous and gallant, bound with his Poetry, which are full of Wit and Humour. His first Poem in his Miscellany is to his Book, and begins thus:

Go, little Book, and to the World impart
The faithful Image of an am'rous Heart:
Those who Love's dear deluding Pains have known,
May in my fatal Stories read their own.

He has this Epigram to Chloe:

Chloe, new-married, looks on Man no more,
Why then 'tis plain for what she look'd before.

Mr. Pope, in his Essay on Criticism, has these commendatory Lines on Mr. Walsh;

—Walsh, the Muse's Judge and Friend,
Who justly knew to blame, or to commend;
To Failings mild, but zealous to Desert;
He had the clearest Head, and the sincerest Heart.

Besides his Poetry and Letters, this Author wrote an ingenious Piece in Prose, call'd, Aesculapius, or The Hospital of Fools; a Dialogue after the manner of Lucian.