1877 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. George Crabbe

Bryan Waller Procter, in Procter: An Autobiographical Fragment (1877) 152.



Crabbe, when I first saw him, was an old gentleman, with white hair, and the mildest possible manner. He gave no indication of the vigour and shrewdness which he put forth in his verse. I remember that [Thomas] Moore was at Rogers' house one morning when Crabbe was breakfasting there, and when they were engaged to dine at some nobleman's house. Moore cautioned him, in the morning, to stand up and be manly. "For God's sake, Crabbe," said he, "don't be so very grateful when we go to Z—'s house to-night."