1883 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. George Croly

Samuel Carter Hall, in Retrospect of a Long Life (1883) 385.



Rev. George Croly was a somewhat severe and bitter political Tory partisan; but as the author of two enduring novels, a successful play, and a work that professes to interpret the Apocalypse of St. John, he holds higher rank as an author than he did as a clergyman of the Established Church — first as curate of a parish on barren, beautiful Dartmoor, then as, for a time, Chaplain to the Foundling Hospital, and subsequently as rector of one of the City churches — St. Stephen, Walbrook. During the mayorality of his friend, Sir Francis Graham Moon, his parishioners presented him with a testimonial — a marble bust of himself. His was not a pleasant face to perpetuate, neither was his a genial nature to commemorate; a fierce politician, he hated his opponents with a hatred at once irrational and unchristian.