1812 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Bp. William Bedell

William Beloe, in Anecdotes of Literature and Scarce Books 6 (1812) 99.



This personage is sufficiently known as a most accomplished scholar, and exemplary head of the church; but I no where find mention made of his poetical endowments. Yet Burnet tells us, that besides the following piece, which I am about to describe [Protestant Memorial], Bishop Bedell wrote many others, in the style and manner of Spenser, which, when he was imprisoned by the Irish rebels in the castle of Lochwater, fell into the hands of the Irish.