1699 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Bp. Francis Atterbury

Samuel Garth, in The Dispensary (1699); Moulton, Library of Literary Criticism (1901-05) 3:64.



Urim was civil, and not void of sense,
Had humour and a curteous confidence;
So spruce he moves, so gracefully he cocks
The hallow'd rose, declares him orthodox.
He pass'd his easy hours, instead of prayer,
In madrigals and phillysing the fair;
Constant at feasts and each decorum knew,
And soon as the desert appear'd withdrew.
Always obliging and without offense,
And fancy'd for his gay impertinence.
But see how ill-mistaken parts succeed!
He threw off my dominion and would read;
Engag'd in controversy, wrangled well,
In convocation language could excel,
In volumes prov'd the Church without defence—
By nothing guarded but by Providence.