1882 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. John Keble

Epes Sargent, in Harper's Cyclopaedia of British and American Poetry (1882) 436.



Keble (1792-1866), the son of a Gloucestershire clergyman, was educated at Oxford, where he took first-class honors. After discharging the duties of Professor of Poetry, he was preferred to the rectory of Hursley, near Winchester, in 1835, which he held until his death. His Christian Year was published in 1827, and had a marvellous success, having gone through some seventy editions in England, and about as many in the United States. His Lyra Innocentium appeared in 1847. Keble was one of the originators of the Tractarian Movement, inculcating reverence for Catholic tradition, and belief in the divine prerogative of the priesthood.