1801 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. James Hurdis

Alexander Thomson, in The British Parnassus, at the Close of the Eighteenth Century (1801) 76-77.



It is true, that great COWPER, the King of the band,
Has been lately remov'd from this sublunar land;
Whose wonderful TASK with a Sopha began,
And through such fields descriptive and moral which ran,
Touching almost each theme interesting to man:
And yet there are some, who still follow his ways,
And deserve to be mention'd with liberal praise;
Such, HURDIS, art thou; while to memory all,
Thy deceas'd Sister's merits thou seek'st to recal;
Or whether (what Pride deems a very low thing),
The poor VILLAGE CURATE thou chusest to sing:
And such is TOM GISBORNE, who makes, as he should,
Such poetical use of his WALKS in a Wood,
And objects there viewing, of all shapes and sizes,
One minute describes, and the next moralizes.