1801 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. John Bidlake

Alexander Thomson, in The British Parnassus, at the Close of the Eighteenth Century (1801) 61 & n.



The productions of some other Clerical Bards,
Are by no means unworthy to catch our regards;
Such for instance as CRABBE'S, who with elegance sung,
On the various themes of a Newspaper's tongue;
And BIDLAKE'S more recent, the snug humble cell
Of a good Rural Parson, who painted so well;
But these, though of merit, must now give place all,
To Works more important, for notice that call.

The Country Parson, a good, though not a long Poem.