1852 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. George Croly

William Jerdan, in Autobiography of William Jerdan (1852-53) 3:268-69.



Among those by whom my earlier labours with the Literary Gazette were most beneficially befriended and effectively aided, I have already mentioned Dr. Croly, a writer whose ardour and eloquence in the pulpit are of that powerful order which is the most convincing in regard to the great truths of Religion, and the most persuasive to lead mankind into her holy paths, "To allure to brighter worlds, and lead the way;" but whose pen, ever engaged, and over so long a space, in the same cause, and in the cause of morality and social improvement, has had a far greater influence on the age, spread as its unwearied and impressive efforts have been over the universal field of literature. As a Churchman, no doubt Dr. Croly would prefer to rest his reputation on his important theological works, and now, perhaps, when the fire is tempered by the lapse of years, would set less store on his poetic fame; but I, speaking on the part of the periodical press, am free to state my opinion that his addresses to the public intelligence through that never-silent and ever-acting organ have contributed as largely to the general weal, and would (if its extent could be known) be as lasting a monument to his memory as the most valued of his sacred works and admired of his poetical productions. Of the latter, a great number of the minor pieces, which have since been published in a collected form by the author, appeared in the Literary Gazette.