1822 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir Samuel Egerton Brydges

James Harley, in The Press, or Literary Chit-Chat. A Satire (1822) 118-19 &n.



JOCUS.
Let Bridge Street levies crowd Sir Richard's door,
The while Sir William keeps to Naples' shore—
To favour'd Naples, which the travelling press
Of travelling Brydges too vouchsafes to bless—*

POCUS.
Brydges! ah, is he there? but yesterday
I made to him in Paris my conge.

JOCUS.
You've doubtless heard of those who throng our isle,
Daring each narrow glen, and stern defile,
With, 'neath their arm, portfolios cramm'd with books
T' inform our ploughmen, dairy-maids, and cooks,—
Sir Egerton, no doubt, keeps these in view,
But carries books and printing-presses too.
At once the friend of learning and mankind,
His happy thoughts are not to us confined;
Ideas concocted in his Priory's shade
O'er all benighted Europe are convey'd;
French and Italians, Swiss and Germans, feel
Th' enlightening influence of the trav'ller's zeal.

POCUS.
Yes, whilst most authors travel to relate
To friends at home what dangers were their fate,
Our philanthropic baronet doth roam
To spread abroad what he composed at home.

* Sir Egerton Brydges, when at home, prints from his private press at Lee Priory, and when abroad edifies the natives of the country he happens to be in with sundry and divers concoctions of his brain; — At Geneva he published a work on Political Economy — at Florence a volume of Miscellanies — at Rome, too, he had his printing press — at Naples he published, and I believe is still publishing and intending to publish a periodical work under the title of Res Literariae. Probably, when the Baronet puts into force his intention of visiting Lapland, he will delight the Laps (Vide the Specimens lately exhibited by Mr. Bullock) in a similar manner.