1803 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. John Bidlake

Anonymous, in Review of Bidlake, Youth. A Poem; British Critic 21 (January 1803) 80.



Is it very good policy in Mr. Bidlake, who is probably expected to inculcate taste and teach versification, as master of a grammar school, to suffer his own attempts to be so perfectly within the reach of parents and scholars, as to be sold in shilling numbers? We answer clearly in the negative. Yet, that the author has his scholars in his eye, is plain from the concluding couplet in this number, which, not having the smallest approach towards poetry, could only be inserted for the sake of the instruction it conveys.

Thus youth in life's smooth stream is ill aware,
That every joy may secret anguish bring.