1773 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Robert Lloyd

Anonymous, in "Memoirs of R. Lloyd and C. Churchill written by a sincere Friend" Westminster Magazine 1 (March 1773) 183.



Mr. Lloyd was about thirty-three years old when he died; he was about five feet six inches in stature, of a fair complexion, with a Roman nose. He was mild, affable, good-natured, and generous to a degree of poetical profuseness. As a poet, his compositions are sweet, smooth, and harmonious, and are composed of happy materials, between the styles of Gay and Prior. As his subjects are not so immediately temporary and political, his works may be longer read than Mr. Churchill's; and we hope we shall not be deemed partial or extravagant if we say, that his compositions and style will be the standard of the English language for the period he lived in.