1882 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Horace Smith

Epes Sargent, in Harper's Cyclopaedia of British and American Poetry (1882) 352.



Horace Smith (1779-1849), a native of London, and son of an eminent lawyer, was a more voluminous writer than his brother James. He was the author of Brambletye House, and some dozen other novels — no one of marked merit. As a poet, he was more successful. His Address to the Mummy, Hymn to the Flowers, and some smaller poems, have attained a merited celebrity. Shelley once said of Horace Smith: "Is it not odd that the only truly generous person I ever knew, who had money to be generous with, should be a stock-broker?" Shelley also wrote these lines, more truthful than poetical, in his praise:

Wit and sense,
Virtue and human knowledge — all that might
Make this dull world a business of delight—
Are all combined in H. S.

Horace Smith died at the age of seventy, widely respected and beloved. A collection of his poems was published in London in 1846, and republished in New York, 1859.