1798 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. James Hurdis

David Rivers, in Literary Memoirs of Living Authors (1798) 1:298-99.



Late Professor of Poetry in the University of Oxford, and Fellow of Magdalen College. A gentleman, who, beside the above appointment, has put the public in possession of many proofs that his poetical talents are of considerable distinction. His first publication was The Village Curate, a poem, distinguished by an elegant simplicity of most peculiar charm, which appeared anonymously in 1788, and was favourably received. He has since that time written several other poetical pieces, often inferior to his first production, though generally displaying correct taste and superior genius, which are to be found in his volume of Poems, in small octavo. He is also author of Sir Thomas More, a tragedy, written in the genuine spirit of poetry. In 1790, while he was Curate of Burwash, in Essex, he published A short critical Dissertation on the true meaning of the Word [Hebrew characters] found in Genesis. Since that time, he has also published, Select critical remarks upon the English Version of the first ten Chapters in Genesis. Upon leaving his Curacy, he addressed some Reflections on the Commencement of the New Year, to the Inhabitants of Burwash as a token of respect. In these he feelingly laments the death of an amiable Sister, and pays a handsome and most respectable Tribute to the Memory of the late learned and exemplarily pious Dr. George Home, Bishop of Norwich. Mr. Hurdis has also published two Sermons, and Cursory Remarks upon the Arrangement of the Plays of Shakspeare, the latter of which is, perhaps, the least happy of his productions.