1791 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. George Crabbe

James Boswell, in Life of Johnson, 1791; ed. G. B. Hill (1891) 4:202.



Soon after this time I had an opportunity of seeing, by means of one of his friends, a proof that his talents, as well as his obliging service to authours, were ready as ever. He had revised The Village, an admirable poem, by the Reverend Mr. Crabbe. Its sentiments as to the false notions of rustick happiness and rustick virtue were quite congenial with his own; and he had taken the trouble not only to suggest slight corrections and variations, but to furnish some lines, when he thought he could give the writer's meaning better than in the words of the manuscript.