1859 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Bp. Reginald Heber

Samuel Austin Allibone, in Critical Dictionary of English Literature (1858-71; 1882) 1:814-15.



Reginald Heber, D.D., April 21, 1783 — April 3, 1826, son of the preceding [Reginald Heber] was a native of Malpas, Cheshire, and educated at Brasenose College, Oxford, where he distinguished himself by his Latin Poem, Carmen Seculare, his English poem of Palestine, and a prose essay on great merit, entitled The Sense of Honour. After leaving college, he travelled for some time in Germany, Russia, the Crimea, &c., and, on his return, was in 1807 admitted to holy orders, and subsequently received the family living of Hodnet. In 1809 he was married to Amelia, daughter of Dr. Shipley, Dean of St. Asaph. In 1822 he was elected to the office of Preacher to Lincoln's Inn, and in the next year he succeeded Dr. Middleton in the Bishopric of Calcutta. In this vast diocese he laboured with great zeal and success, until cut off by an apoplectic fit whist bathing, April 3, 1826, in his 43rd year. He was a man of extensive learning, great elegance of taste, untiring energy, and profound piety. As a poet, his Palestine, and his translations from Pindar, deservedly place him in a high rank; his Biblical attainments were evinced by his contemplated Bible Dictionary, many articles of which had been long prepared at the time of his death; his powers of description are admirably manifested in his Journal of a Tour in India; and his Life of Bishop Taylor, an excellent edition of his works, prove his qualifications as a biographer and editor.