1826 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. James Hurdis

Richard Polwhele, in Traditions and Recollections (1826) 2:521n.



Hurdis was Poetry Professor at Oxford in 1793. But his English poetry is very unequal; and of Latin verse he knew so little, that in reading (if I have been rightly informed) he was often guilty of a breach of prosody.

It is remarkable enough, that in the list of Oxford Poetry Professors, we have only two genuine poets! For the first upon the list (1708) the distich is sufficiently familiar:

Take my advice, friend TRAPP, and go no further,
For it is written, thou shalt do no murther.

Tom Warton (1756), and Milman, the present Professor, stand pre-eminent over all. The Martyr of Antioch is a most enchanting poem.