1810 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Blenerhasset

Joseph Haslewood, in British Bibliographer 1 (1810) 489.



Thomas Blennerhasset who studied at Cambridge, and afterward enterred the military service wrote the whole of the Second Part of the Mirrour for Magistrates. As a poet he was equal with the majority of names attached to the other parts, and was well acquainted with their respective effusions. The complaint of Cadwallader, "one of the infortunate princes of this lande,' is given without rhyme. As Blennerhasset was not assisted, like Baldwin and Higgins, by the table talk of a circle of associates; to form the inductions, he took to his assistance the fanciful auxiliaries of Inquisition and Memory. Their discursory observations at the end of Cadwalleder's complaint, are as follows:—

Fyrst tell me, Inquisition, wyll you pene this man's meterlesse tragedy [the complaynt of Cadwallader] as he hath pronounst it? good Memory geve me your advise, for it agreeth very wel with the Roman verse called Iambus, which consisteth on sixe feete, every foote on two syllables, one short and another long, so proper for the Englishe toung, that it is greate marvaile that these ripewitted gentlemen of England have not left of their Gotish kinde of ryming, (for the rude Gothes brought that kind of writing fyrst, and imitated the learned Latines and Greekes.) O what brave beames, and goodly tymber might be found amongst Churchyardes Chippes, if he had not affected the ryming order of his predecessors? . . .