ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
Bp. Richard Hurd
Anonymous, "On the Addition of a Library to the Episcopal House at Hartlebury, in Worcestershire" Gazetteer and New Daily Advertiser (9 December 1784).
Bp. Richard Hurd:
1757: Thomas Gray
1759: Rev. William Mason
1762: Rev. Thomas Warton
1762: Edward Gibbon
1762: A. B.
1773: Rev. Percival Stockdale
1774: Rev. Robert Potter
1775: William Warburton
1776: Rev. William Mason
1776: Ductor Dubitantium
1776: Chiaro Oscuro
1783: Samuel Johnson
1786: James Beattie
1787: Frances Burney
1793: Horace Walpole
1796: Thomas Green
1804: Rev. William Tooke
1808: Edmond Malone
1809: Rev. Richard Polwhele
1814: George Dyer
1814: Isaac D'Israeli
1825 ca.: Joseph Cradock
1834: John Wilson
1836: Rev. Thomas Frognall Dibdin
1853: Rev. John Mitford
1858: Francis Kilvert
Thus Phoebus to Minerva said:—
"By Hurd in all things we're obey'd;
Not Socrates, however fervent,
Was more than Hurd your humble servant.
"Genius and taste from me he drew,
But martial dignity from you;
Now, with propriety refin'd,
He manifests a grateful mind.
"Behold the hoary, gothic seat,
Which rises in that green retreat!
To us a votive Temple there
Is finish'd, by his filial care.
Whate'er in literature is best,
The various treasures of the East,
The eloquence of Greece and Rome,
Shall dignify the spacious dome.
Whate'er in learning's common-weal,
Of modern date, hath had our seal,
Shall to this venerable
Thro' Hurd, a free admission gain;
Hence (whom we deem our special care)
Each British genius shall be there.
There Locke and Newton claim your smile,
And Bacon, glory of the isle;
There, chiefs of the poetic band,
My Shakespear and my Milton stand;
And Clarendon, with sterner pride,
Shall o'er th' historic ranks preside:
Thus, fill'd with all that's good and great,
The votive fane shall stand compleat."
The maid replied — "If in our shrine
His modest merit should assign
To his own works a station due,
Your observation would be true."