1824 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Gilbert West

Bryan Waller Procter, in Effigies Poeticae, or, the Portraits of the British Poets (1824) 81.



From an original Picture, in the Collection of Lord Lyttelton.

GILBERT WEST, well known as the translator of Pindar, has a plain and unaffected, but not very intellectual look. He does not bear the marks upon him of having had close converse with the Theban — the "learned Theban," — of having plunged into the mysteries of dithyrambics, and lit his English torch at the Pythian's shrine. He is more like one of the Quakers (those republicans of religion) or a native of the enfranchised states across the Atlantic. He is as straight as a stick: and yet, with this rigid and unbending person, he passed through almost all professions. He was educated for the church, went into the army, then turned politician, then wrote a tract on the "Resurrection," (for which he was made an LL.D.) and finally died treasurer of Chelsea Hospital.