1810 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. James Hurdis

Thomas Park, "On Reading the Poems of Hurdis, after a Perusal of Sir Joshua Reynolds's Academic Discourse on Gainsborough" Poetical Register for 1810-11 (1814) 168.



Much of thy semblance, COWPER, do we trace,
Much of thy tender and attractive air,
In moral Hurdis, though with equal grace
He thy poetic mantle might not wear.
Of GAINSBOROUGH thus — whose pencil lent a charm
That vies with nature in her rustic state—
Dupont preserv'd a glow; and Hoppner, warm
With love for REYNOLDS, gave his tints a date
Beyond their own recording. — Now the prey
All, all, of death! — the pupils, like their peers,
Set in dim night: and though but halos they
Of orbs that still may shine for numerous years,
Yet was their lustre such, it leaves a sigh
That they are like to fade from thankless memory.