1824 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

George Lyttelton

Bryan Waller Procter, in Effigies Poeticae, or, the Portraits of the British Poets (1824) 90.



From a Picture by West, in the Collection of Lord Lyttelton.

This print will bring at once to the reader's memory, the portrait of the celebrated Lord Chesterfield. This is not a pleasant association; and therefore, in order to get rid of it, we must go back to our reading thirty years ago, when we used to dwell on the poetry of LORD LYTTELTON, and sigh over his sorrows, and think that his "Lucy" was as peerless as his verse, and his groves and "shades of Hagley" more romantic than the green valleys of Arcady or the melancholy glades which ran through the forest of Arden. If time has dissipated these delusions a little, we nevertheless still cling with some pleasure to the noble author's laments, and cannot help fancying that we discover in the portrait before us, senatorial and political as it is, something of the sad and bereaved husband who beguiled us of our tears in boyhood.