1826 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Bernard Barton

Herbert Barton, in Mirror of Poesy (1826) 82-83.



Bernard Barton, the "Quaker Poet," whose elegant and interesting productions have afforded so much gratification to every reader of pure taste and right feelings, was born in the vicinity of London, in 1784, and educated at a Quaker seminary. In the year 1806, Mr. Barton took up his residence at Woodbridge, Suffolk, and now holds a situation in the Bank at that place. In 1810 he began to "commit the sin of rhyme," and in 1812 published an anonymous volume, entitled, Metrical Effusions, which was followed in 1818 by a volume of Poems by an Amateur. Encouraged by the very flattering manner in which those impressions of his Poems were received by his friends, he at last ventured to publish in a small volume, Poems by Bernard Barton, which was very favourably noticed by the Literary Journals, and has reached a third edition.