1798 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Bp. Beilby Porteus

Thomas James Mathias, in Pursuits of Literature (1798; 1800) 255 & n.



Porteus, the royal prelate, firm to truth,
Forget the primal patron of his youth....

The Right Reverend Beilby Porteus, Bishop of London. See the Dedication of his Sermons. I think him right in recording his elevation as the immediate voluntary gift of ROYAL, and not of ministerial, favour.

Sic gemmas vaginae in fronte solebat
Ponere zelotypo JUVENIS PRAELATUS Hiarbae!

The choice was approved unamimously by the country, and justified by his own merits and conduct. But I admire still more Dr. Porteus's affectionate, grateful, and elegant tribute to the memory of his venerable patron, ARCHBISHOP SECKER, a name never to be uttered but with reverence, as the great examplar of metropolitan strictness, erudition, and dignity. — The union of SUCH patrons must forever mark the character of Bishop Porteus.