1749 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Samuel Boyse

James Hervey, 7 June 1749; Collection of Letters of James Hervey (1760) 2:249.



You desired to see Mr. Boyse's Letter to me: — I here inclose it; and it should have been sent to you earlier, but I could not find it amidst the confused Heap of my Papers till Yesterday. — I am very sorry to hear he is so ill, as there is little Probability of expecting any Thing further from his masterly Pen. — I really think his little Poem, entitled Deity, (in which he is not unmindful of the great Redeemer), is as useful and fine a Piece of Poetry as most in the English Language. — I so much admire it, that I have insensibly as it were got it by Heart. God grant that it may be influential on every Reader.