1809 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Samuel Boyse

Anonymous, in "Samuel Boyse" Belfast Monthly Magazine 2 (April 1809) 279-80.



Boyse's appearance and manners were by no means prepossessing; to a clownishness of aspect and countenance, he added an inelegance of address, that made him shun those ranks in society, to which, from the pre-eminence of his genius, he had otherwise a right to aspire. To this perhaps might be attributed his prejudice in favour of low society, rather than to any natural inclination. He felt, and feelingly too, the consequence attached to a pleasing address and appearance, and never cared to exhibit himself to those whose favour he wished to conciliate, except through a medium that could not excite their prejudices. Hence it was that his applications to the great were uniformly made by letter; and as he was naturally social (except in the moment of gratifying his gluttony) he fell into that society where he was liable to feel no restraint. His publications are numerous, and are written with so much taste, that it may well be a matter of surprize they have not long since been published.