1775 ca. ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Bp. Thomas Percy

William Beloe, 1775 ca.; in Memoirs of a Sexagenarian (1818) 1:42.



Under the Professor's guidance and instruction, considerable progress was made [by Beloe] in mathematics and philosophical studies; and that this must have been done, appeared from his always speaking of his pupil's advancement in terms of strong approbation, and with the assurance on his part, that he entertained no doubt of his arriving at the highest honours. This, however, did not actually happen. His heart was not in these studies; he had a constant hankering after the classics and belles lettres, and again and again detected himself in the depth of old English literature, when he should have been preparing himself for the Professor's lectures. The book which first gave him a taste for old English writers, the poets more particularly, was Percy's Reliques, which he read over and over again with inconceivable satisfaction.