1802 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. George Huddesford

Anonymous, Review of Huddesford, Poems; Poetical Register and Repository of Fugitive Poetry for 1801 (1802) 428.



It has been observed of this author, and we think with great justice, that if the doctrine of the transmigration of souls could be believed, we might be induced to think, that the spirit of the immortal author of Hudibras had taken up its residence in his body. Mr. Huddesford possesses a very large share of that poignant wit and biting satire, that facility of verse, and power of forming uncommon rhymes, for which Butler is so justly admired. But his merit is not confined to this alone. His serious poems are, in a very eminent degree, entitled to the praise of elegance, tenderness, and animation.