1832 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Laurence Eusden

William Clarke and Robert Shelton Mackenzie, in The Georgian Era: Memoirs of the most eminent Persons who have flourished in Great Britain (1832-34) 3:519.



LAWRENCE EUSDEN, was born at Spotsworth, in Yorkshire, about the year 1680, and educated at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he studied divinity. After entering into holy orders, he became chaplain to Lord Willoughby de Broke; was appointed poet laureate in 1718; and, subsequently, rector of Coningsby, in Lincolnshire, where he died, on the 27th of September, 1730. His poems, which are in several collections, consist of miscellaneous pieces, written on particular occasions, and which procured him the patronage of the Duke of Newcastle and Lord Halifax, whose poem of The Battle of the Boyne he translated into Latin verse. He also left behind, in manuscript, a translation of the works of Tasso, with a life of that poet; and is said, but upon doubtful authority, to have contributed to The Spectator and Guardian. Eusden excited much jealousy by obtaining the laureateship; and was satirized, by Pope, in The Dunciad; by Oldmixon, in his Art of Logic; and by Sheffield, Duke of Buckingham, in his Session of the Poets, where he is thus mentioned,

In rush'd Eusden, and cry'd Who shall have it
But I, the true laureate, to whom the King gave it?
Apollo begg'd pardon, and granted his claim,
But vow'd that, till then, he ne'er heard of his name.