1878 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. George Croly

Alfred Webb, in Compendium of Irish Biography (1878) 105-06.



Rev. George Croly, LL.D., poet, dramatic author, novelist, and divine, was born in Dublin in 1780. Having received his education in Trinity College, he went to London, and became distinguished in the world of letters. Besides theological and polemical works, his writings extended over a wide field of literary labour. His Salathiel, and other works of fiction, enjoyed considerable popularity in their day. Throughout his life he was a staunch Tory, and rendered material services to his party by contributions to Blackwood and other periodicals. He died suddenly, 24th November, 1860, aged 80. His remains were interred in the church of St. Stephen's, Walbrook, London, of which he had for many years been rector. Allibone, who styles him "one of the most voluminous writers of the day," enumerates thirty of his works. The Athenaeum pronouces Salathiel "one of the most splendid productions among works of fiction the age has brought forth." Mrs. Hall speaks of him thus: "Dr. Croly is an almost universal poet. He is grand and gorgeous, but rarely tender and affectionate; he builds a lofty and magnificent temple, but it is too cold and stately to be a home for the heart." His eloquence, his massive form, grave and flexible countenance, and sonorous voice, rendered him a most attractive pulpit orator.