1819 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Edward Smedley

Lord Holland to Lord Byron, 9 March 1819; Byron, Letters and Journals, ed. Rowland E. Prothero (1898-1901) 5:95n.



The poem of Religio Clerici, falsely said to be Crabbe's, is the work of a Mr. Smedley. The despair produced by Methodists on a dying man, and the picture of the parish priest walking to church, are like Crabbe; but every thing else is much inferior, and the principles are so narrow and intolerant that one would have been sorry to have found that such a man as Crabbe was capable either of holding or assuming them.