1842 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Laurence Eusden

C. H. Timperley, in Encyclopaedia of Literary and Typographical Anecdote (1842) 2:642.



1730, Sept. 27. Died, LAWRENCE EUSDEN, an English poet of some eminence, who was born in Yorkshire, and educated at Trinity college, Cambridge, after which he took orders, and was for a considerable period chaplain to Richard, lord Willoughby de Broke. His first patron was lord Halifax, whose poem On the Battle of the Boyne Eusden translated into Latin. He was also esteemed by the duke of Newcastle, on whose marriage with lady Henrietta Godolphin he wrote an Epithalamium, for which, upon the death of Rowe, he was by his grace preferred in 1718 to the laureateship. He had several enemies, and, among others, Pope, who put him into his Dunciad; though we do not know what provocation he gave to any of them, unless by being raised to the dignity of poet-laureate. Eusden died at the rectory of Coningsby, in Lancashire. He was succeeded in the laureateship by Colley Cibber, a good comic dramatist, but a wretched poet. This was the fifth appointment in which party politics had directed the royal choice to the neglect of real merit.