1780 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Robert Lloyd

John Nichols, in Select Collection of Poems (1780-82) 7:223n.



Son of Dr. Pierson Lloyd, second master of Westminster school, where, and at Trinity college, Cambridge, he distinguished himself by his poetical genius, and also (sorry I am to add) by his irregularities. To the former we are indebted for his Actor, and several other ingenious pieces. To the latter he owed his imprisonment in the Fleet, and in some measure his immature death there, Dec. 15, 1764, though that was accelerated by the pang he felt for the loss of his friend Churchill, whose generosity he had so often experienced. D. — His character has been thus excellently pourtrayed by Mr. Wilkes: "He was mild and affable in private life, of gentle manners, and very engaging in conversation. He was an excellent scholar, and an easy, natural poet. His peculiar excellence was the dressing up an old thought in a new, neat, and trim manner. He was contented to scamper round the foot of Parnassus on his little Welch poney, which seems never to have tired. He left the fury of the winged steeds, and the daring heights of the mountain, to his friend Churchill." — The Poetical Works of Mr. Lloyd were partially collected by Dr. Kenrick, in two volumes, 8vo, 1774.