1804 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Gray

George Dyer, "Cantabrigiana: Christopher Smart on Gray the Poet" The Monthly Magazine 17 (February 1804) 37.



Those who remember Mr. Gray, when at the university, will recollect that he was a little prim fastidious man, distinguished by a short shuffling step. He commonly held up his gown behind with one of his hands, at the same time, cocking up his chin, and perking up his nose. Christopher Smart, who was contemporary with him at Pembroke, used to say, "that Gray walked as if he had fouled his small clothes, and looked as if he smelt it."