1832 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Samuel Croxall

William Clarke and Robert Shelton Mackenzie, in The Georgian Era: Memoirs of the most eminent Persons who have flourished in Great Britain (1832-34) 3:521.



SAMUEL CROXALL was born at Walton, in Surrey, about the year 1683. He was educated at Eton and Cambridge, where he studied for the church, and, after having received ordination, was presented to the living of Hampton, in Middlesex, and afterwards to the united parishes of St. Mary, Somerset, and St. Mary, Mountshaw, in London. He was also chancellor prebend, and canon residentiary of the church of Hereford; and, in 1732, was made Archdeacon of Salop, and chaplain in ordinary to the king. His principal work is a poem, entitled The Fair Circassian, a paraphrase of the Song of Solomon, which he considered as nothing more than an amorous effusion of the monarch towards some favourite of his seraglio, and thus drew great obloquy upon himself as a clergyman. His other works are, a volume of Scripture Politics; two poems, called The Vision, and The Royal Manual; besides several pieces from Ovid, and a translation of the whole of Esop's Fables, and some miscellaneous poems. Mr. Croxall died in 1750. His translation of Esop is still read, but his other verses have deservedly sunk into oblivion.