1797 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. William Beloe

George Dyer, in The Poet's Fate, a Poetical Dialogue (1797) 19-20 &n.



Their judgment then let British Critics bring,
True to the church, and loyal to the king;
Recount, from sober sermons, Nares's gains,
Count Beloe's classic toils, and amorous strains.
Still, still, they brand sedition, curse the French;
How vain the zeal that lifts not to the bench!
Drain'd is the treasury bag, and pensions rare,
One only laureat gains e'en poet's fare:
Great Johnson now might lose his hireling pay,
Though he could write his country's laws away.

Beloe is another conductor of this High-church Journal, translator of Herodotus, Aulus Gellius, &c. and author of a volume of Miscellaneous Poems; fo which, the Pursuit of Health is pretty, some others, for a divine, sufficiently amorous, though I do not pronounce them "amatorias turpesque." How meanly soever I think of the British Critic, I wish to detract nothing from the abilities and attainments of its two ostensible conductors. — Since I wrote the above note, Below has obtained some preferment, and, of course, should not have been mentioned in THE POET'S FATE; but he is a British Critic, &c.!