1766 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Samuel Boyse

Anonymous, in Biographia Britannica (1747-66) 7:17*.



Never was a more shocking exit, nor a life spent with less prudence and virtue; and never were uncommon abilities given to less purpose. His genius was not confined to poetry; he had a taste for painting, music, and heraldry, in the last of which he was very well skilled. His poetical pieces, if collected, would make six moderate volumes; many of them are scattered in the Gentleman's Magazine, marked with the letter Y, and Alceus. Two volumes were published at London, but never sold well.