1824 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Samuel Bishop

Bryan Waller Procter, in Effigies Poeticae, or, the Portraits of the British Poets (1824) 102.



From a Drawing by Dance, in the possession of Miss Bishop.

The character of BISHOP'S countenance is not very intellectual, and there is a timid, and almost mean expression about the mouth. He looks but little qualified to insist upon the discipline necessary to be observed at Merchant Tailor's school, or to wield the weapons of Dr. Busby. But, we suppose, he did both occasionally, besides writing his epigrams, and composing verses to his wife, — "To Mrs. Bishop." Of this lady he sings sometimes more like the tea-kettle than the nightingale:

With that first ring I married youth,
Grace, beauty, innocence, and truth,
Taste long admired, sense long revered,
And all my Molly then appeared.

Again, here is a specimen of his "Basia"—

If in a kiss — delirious treat!
Your lips acknowledge the receipt,
Love, fond of such substantial fare,
And proud to play the glutton there,
All thoughts of cutting will disdain,
Save only "cut and come again!"—

This is very uxorious.