1820 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Blenerhasset

John Payne Collier, in Poetical Decameron (1820) 104-05.



MORTON. Ritson says that Blenerhasset was living in Ireland in 1610.

BOURNE. And that is correct, for here is a pamphlet by him of that date, called A Direction for the Plantation of Ulster, in which, notwithstanding his poetical labours early in life, he affects to call himself "a playne countryman, and one of the undertakers of Farmannagh." He recommends that for the protection of the settlers in Ireland, soldiers, at stated times, should issue out of their places of rendezvous, and scouring the country round, should thus hunt down and destroy the wild Irish or "Wood kernes."

ELLIOT. Like the Maroons of Jamaica.

BOURNE. At that time the native Irish were not looked upon in any better light.

MORTON. Nor ought such as suggested the plan to be looked upon in a worse than those who instigated and assisted in the bloodhound-chases of the West Indies.

ELLIOT. If I mistake not, Spenser offers much the same suggestion in his View of the State of Ireland.

MORTON. I beg pardon — I can allow of no such unjust imputation. You must read his View again.