1797 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. George Gregory

George Dyer, in The Poet's Fate, a Poetical Dialogue (1797) 10-11 &n.



Let Aikin sport or toil midst rural scenes,
And Gregory's preaching bring him scanty means;
With all his knowledge, this, but REVEREND still;
That but licentiate with a doctor's skill.

Dr. George Gregory, prebendary of St. Paul's. A prebend in this cathedral is little more than a feather in the cap. Dr. Gregory is the translator of Bishop Lowth's Lectures on the Sacred Poetry of the Hebrews, biographer of Chatterton, and author of a philosophical work, in three volumes, entitled "The Economy of Nature." In the last work, the learned doctor makes the following declaration: — "I never yet have been enabled to gain by the exercise of my profession a livelihood for myself and my family." See the Preface to the Economy of Nature.