1824 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir Thomas Overbury

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



From a Picture by Isaac Oliver in the Bodleian Gallery.

SIR THOMAS OVERBURY'S mild and graceful features are indicative of the gentleman; but he was something more. He had an eye for character, and took note of externals: and his gentle account of the gentle milk-maid deserves a page of criticism, if we could spare it. Perhaps, on a second view, the reader may be inclined, like ourselves, to trace in the face of Sir Thomas Overbury, the origin of his humour.

The face we may the seat of beauty call,
In it the relish of the rest doth lie.