1791 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Henry Boyd

Thomas Dermody to the Countess of Moira, 14 March 1791; James Grant Raymond, Life of Thomas Dermody (1806) 1:240.



How can I improve my taste, or embellish my natural parts, in Killeigh; in a sordid village, with not one of any literary intelligence, or even common sense, that I know of, resident in it? Mr. Boyd, I allow, is a man of great genius, admirable learning, and wonderful discernment; but can he alone, who moreover is not very talkative, instil an eloquent taste into my obdurate and (by my good friends' permission) diabolical heart?