1824 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. James Granger

Thomas Frognall Dibdin, in Library Companion (1824; 1825) 2:520n.



The popular work of the Rev. James Granger: of which editions have multiplied and will continue to multiply. Recalling all the jocuse carbine-shots fired against it in the Bibliomania, p. 670, &c. I have no hesitation in designating it as a delightful and instructive book: but whoever republishes it, should add the portraits of the different characters which were unknown to the author. Considering that Granger may be said to have first walked the field alone, it is surprising what he has done. His catalogue of engraved heads is immense. His style is always clear, pointed, and lively: and if he talked and preached, as he wrote in his biographical history, it would have been difficult to have withdrawn attention from so intelligent a quarter. Consult Nichols's Literary Anecdotes, vol. ix. p. 112, where the amiable character of this clergyman is embalmed in the verses of one William Thomson.

[Murderous Apoplexy! proud
With the late spoils of GRANGER'S honour'd life:
GRANGER, the good, the courteous, the humane;
Tenacious of his purpose; and his word
Firm as the fabled throne of Grecian Jove.
Be just, O Memory! again recall
Those looks illumin'd by his honest heart,
That open freedom, and that cheerful ease,
The bounteous emanations of his soul:
His thirst of knowledge; Christian charity;
And mild benevolence for human kind. — Nichols.]