1796 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Bp. Richard Hurd

Thomas Green, 21 November 1796; Extracts from the Diary of a Lover of Literature (1810) 17.



Read, with much curiosity and interest, Hurd's Life of Warburton. All the offensive characters of Hurd's manner, which Parr has felt with such discernment, and described with such force — the quaint phrase, the cool sarcastic sneer, the flippant stricture, the petulant gibe, the oblique insinuation, the crafty artifice, the mean subterfuge, the fawning suggestion — are here strikingly manifest. In my opinion of Warburton himself, which Parr has settled and defined, it has not made a shade of difference. — The art with which Hurd has evaded all notice of Jortin and Leland, is very amusing.