1795 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. John Bidlake

Anonymous, in Review of Bidlake, Poems; American The Monthly Review 2 (August 1795) 382.



Though we cannot compliment Mr. Bidlake so far as to dignify him with the appellation of a first-rte poet, yet, as far as we can judge from his writings, he appears to be sincerely attached to the cause of religion and virtue; as well as to the interests of elegant literature. Throughout the whole of the book we discover the genuine effusions of moral sentiment; and, where the subject requires it, he discovers great sensibility of temper and generosity of disposition.