1827 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Edward Thurlow

E. D., "Edward Thurlow, a Literary and Biographical Sketch" Living Poets of England: Specimens of the Living British Poets (1827) 2:520.



L0RD EDWARD THURLOW, is the son of the late Dr. Thomas Thurlow, Bishop of Durham, brother of the great Lord Chancellor Thurlow. The mother of his lordship was a woman of a low extraction. As the chancellor had no legitimate issue of his own, he procured a settlement of his title on the sons of his brother the bishop. The present Lord was educated at the Charter-House, and afterwards at Cambridge. He is one of the Prothonotaries of the Court of Chancery, in reversion. In 1814 he married the accomplished Miss Bolton, of Covent Garden Theatre, the daughter of an attorney in Long Acre.

His lordship is evidently an enthusiast in his art, and loves the Muse with a warmth which makes us regret that the passion is not always mutual. At times he contrives, by the mere force of devotion, to work himself up into a sort of inspiration, and ecstasies which are very like the true symptoms of divine afflation. — Another peculiarity by which this noble author seduces us into a feeling of interest about his writings, is that air of antiquity, which his study of earlier English writers enables him to throw not only over his verses but his prose. 'Tis a curious mimickry of the diction of those mighty elders; — a resemblance, which is laboriously faithful to some of their beauties, but sometimes the mere mouldering form of their phraseology. Lord Thurlow first presented himself to the public as the panegyrist of various living characters, which he extols in sonnets, since which he has published Moonlight, a poem wherein is described with much pretty sentiment the contemplations of a bard during that period of solemnity and repose — in this poem his lordship has constantly kept Milton in view.

The productions of Lord Thurlow have met with a severe criticism in the Edinburgh review; but the northern review was never kind to lords there are many verses in Lord Thurlow's poetry, which indicate a true votary of the Nine.