1922 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. John Langhorne

Iolo Williams, in By-Ways around Helicon (1922) 37-38.



There were also many other poets in the second half of the eighteenth century who, under the spell of Gray's Elegy, were charmed into creating the same sort of beauty. Among these was John Langhorne, best known to-day as the co-translator, with his brother William, of Plutarch's Lives, but also the author of many other books, including The Fables of Flora, which was published in quarto in 1771. I hesitate to compute how many copies of these Fables, sometimes alone, sometimes in Langhorne's collected poems, I have seen for sale, and at an average price of perhaps sixpence. They contain much that is beautiful, though, there is not one of them that is perfect all through. The best is probably The Wallflower, which certainly shows the influence of Gray, though the poet has shortened the metre.