1838 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. James Hurdis

Robert Aris Willmott, in Sacred Poets, Second Series (1838; 1853) 318.



He describes, indeed, in very agreeable colours, the life of a country clergyman, enlivening his leisure with books, music, and rural walks. But it may, in truth, be said of Hurdis that he is strong only upon the ground. The conversational manner of Cowper dwindles, in his imitation, into imbecility: his satire is nerveless, and his remarks obvious, without being forcible. His poetical merit is to be sought for only in the truth of his descriptions of scenery, and rustic employments.