1807 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Samuel Wesley

Robert Southey, in Specimens of the Later English Poets (1807) 1:323.



This gentleman was in the church, and was father to John Wesley, the great teacher of the Methodists. His imagination seems to have been playful and diffuse; had he written during his son's celebrity, some of his pieces might perhaps have been condemned by the godly as profane. In a lively and witty Epistle to the reader, prefixed to a small book of poems called Maggots he says, "In the next place, since it comes uppermost, I am to tell ye bone fide, that is in English, in verbo sacerdotis, that all are here my own pure maggots, the natural issue of my own brain-pan, bred and born there."