1824 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Chamberlayne

Bryan Waller Procter, in Effigies Poeticae, or, the Portraits of the British Poets (1824) 39.



From a Print by Hertocks, prefixed to his "Pharonnida."

CHAMBERLAYNE, the author of "Pharonnida," (which has become lately known, in consequence of the eulogy of Mr. Campbell, and the extracts given in that very interesting publication, "The Retrospective Review,") has a serious and observing look. His hair flows down like that of Milton, but he has not the great poet's lofty and severe glance. Chamberlayne was a physician, and is said to have been at the second battle of Newbery. His works, long neglected, have now met with, at least, as much approbation as they deserve. He had not great poetical power, certainly; but there are, in his works, frequently passages of merit. His account of the morning is exceedingly good, and, as far as we recollect, new:

The sluggish morning, sick
Of midnight surfeits, from her dewy bed
Pale and discoloured rose.—

We do not remember anything so striking, or so forcible elsewhere in the Pharonnida.