1912 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Spring

D. J. O'Donoghue, in Poets of Ireland (1912) 435.



THOMAS SPRING. — Familiar Epistle from a Student of the Middle Temple to a Friend in Dublin (over initials of "T. S."), Dublin, 1771, 8vo.

The epistle was addressed to Barry Yelverton, afterwards Lord Avonmore, and at the end of it are a few other poems by Spring, including one entitled "Mallow, sweet Mallow, adieu," which is in The Shamrock, a collection of poems edited by Samuel Whyte (q.v.), and was reprinted by T. C. Croker in his Popular Songs of Ireland. The epistle to Yelverton was written in 1759, when the latter was master of an academy in King Street, Dublin. Portion of it is to be found in The New Foundling Hospital for Wit, Vol. 6, 1786, and there wrongly ascribed to Dr. Blackstone, and called "The Lawyer's Prayer." It has been also attributed to Thomas Sheridan. It is also in Whyte's Shamrock. Spring is represented in Joshua Edkins' collection of poems, Dublin, 1789-90. He was a graduate of T.C.D. (B.A. 1755), and became a well-known lawyer. He died just before 1795 of jail-fever while on circuit, a judge and several other barristers being among the victims of the same epidemic.