1833 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. John Keble

Walter Farquhar Hook to W. P. Wood, 1 June 1833; Life and Letters, ed. Stephens; Moulton, Library of Literary Criticism (1901-05) 6:457.



Talking of sacred poets, I hope you have read and often recur to the Christian Year, written by a most holy man, an acquaintance of mine at Oxford, Mr. Keble. He is a man the most meek, the most humble, and yet the most gifted with genius and learning, of any I ever met with. He went to Oxford at fourteen, and carried away all the honours and prizes; and lately refused to stand for the Headship of his College, though almost certain of succeeding, that he might be the comfort and support of his aged father, and relieve him from the cares of his parish by acting as his curate.