1878 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Samuel Boyse

Alfred Webb, in Compendium of Irish Biography (1878) 32.



Samuel Boyse, author of Tears of the Muses, and other poems, was born in Dublin, of respectable parents, in 1708. At eighteen he was sent to study at a Scotch university, where unhappily he contracted habits of intemperance, and made an improvident marriage. He had brilliant abilities, gathered round him many friends, and secured several powerful patrons. His poems suited the taste of the age. Nothing, however, could redeem him from a vicious and debased course of life. He died in London, May 1747, aged 38, and was committed to a pauper's grave.