1824 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Bp. Joseph Hall

Bryan Waller Procter, in Effigies Poeticae, or, the Portraits of the British Poets (1824) 15-16.



From an original Picture in Emanuel College, Cambridge.

BISHOP HALL was an amiable paradox. He was a satirist, the first, indeed, that our literature can boast of, (if we are to boast at all of satirists,) and he was also a man of great piety and extreme humility. The latter quality of his mind is visible in the somewhat painful expression of his mouth, but his eye retains the piercing glance which saw into the vices and follies of mankind. Further than this there is nothing remarkable in his portrait.