1801 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. James Hurdis

Anonymous, Obituary in Gentleman's Magazine 71 (Supplement 1801) 1216.



At Blackburn, co. Lancaster, aged 38, the Rev. James Hurdis, B.D. of Magdalen college, Oxford, M.A. 1787, and fellow of that college; elected professor of poetry in that university 1793; having for his competitor Mr. Kett, of Trinity college, who we wish may be more successful on this second vacancy. Mr. H. has distinguished himself, both as a poet and divine, in the following publications: The Village Curate, 1788, 4to; a volume of poems 17—, 8vo; A short critical Disquisition on the true Meaning of the Word [Hebrew characters], found in Gen. i. 21, 1790 (LX. 932), when he was curate of Burwash, Sussex, on parting from the inhabitants of which he addressed to them Reflections on the Commencement of a new Year, 1793 (LXIII. 839), in which he pays a handsome tribute to the memory of Bp. Horne, and feelingly laments the death of an amiable sister; Cursory Remarks on the Arrangement of Shakspeare's Plays, occasioned by reading Mr. Malone's celebrated Pieces (LXIII. 839); Select critical Remarks upon the English Version of the Ten first Chapters of Genesis, 1794 (LXIV. 836); to which his critical dissertation on Gen. i. 21, above-mentioned, which met the approbation of the present Bishop of Salisbury, was intended as a preliminary specimen. His last publication was The Favourite Village, a Poem, 1800, 4to.