1824 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Somervile

Bryan Waller Procter, in Effigies Poeticae, or, the Portraits of the British Poets (1824) 76.



From an original Picture in the possession of Christopher Wren, Esq.

SOMERVILLE has a bluff important look, and a somewhat shrewd eye. He is said to have been, like Nimrod, a great hunter; and indeed he has celebrated the sports of the field in his long and well-known poem of the "Chase." We never could account for the great popularity of that work of Somervile, seeing that we may not reckon many fox-hunters among our literati, and that but few others would feel tempted to read it. We ourselves have assuredly once achieved the task; but we cannot recommend it very strongly to the reader, though it may lighten the weight of a rainy day in the country.