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.
Bp. Francis Atterbury:
1699: Samuel Garth
1705: John Dunton
1709: Sir Richard Steele
1711: Thomas Hearne
1723: Alexander Pope
1732: Rev. Samuel Wesley the younger
1749: Horace Walpole
1787: Edmond Malone
1806: Rev. William Lisle Bowles
1809: Dr. Nathan Drake
1699: Bp. Francis Atterbury
1715 ca.: John Gay
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.