1768
ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Colin Clout, Cuddy.

Four Pastorals, viz. 1. Hylas, Corydon. 2. Colin Clout, Cuddy. 3. Mopsus, Leander, Argol. 4. The Marriage of Zephyr and Flora. By T. S. Esq; of the Middle Temple.

T. S.


By "T. S.," a burlesque pastoral, after Philips and Gay. Not seen. The author is conceivably Thomas Spring, an Irish poet who studied at the Middle Temple a few years earlier.

Critical Review: "In three of these pastorals there is hardly anything new; the subjects, the turns, and many of the thoughts are similar to what we find in Theocritus, Virgil, Pope, and others. In the first, Hylas and Corydon sing alternately to Delia and Laura, and the former presents the latter with two kids and a goat, for his song (which by the way is an extravagant reward); the latter returns the compliment with what the poet calls an ivy bowl. These are shepherds of a classical taste, and speak familiarly of the Naiads, Dryads, Aurora, Flora, Pomona, &c.... The second pastoral represents two shepherds of a more clownish character, Cuddy and Colin Clout, tuning their flutes in praise of Blowzybella and Bumkenna ... In this pastoral our author has pretty closely imitated some passages in Philips and Gay. In the third, Leander, accompanied by Mopsus and Argol, laments the absence of Zephalinda. These three sheperds are perfect adepts in the stories of Ovid. The fourth contains a description of the marriage, the dresses, the apartments, the consummation, and the progeny, of Zephyr and Flora" 26 (August 1768) 153.

John Langhorne: "'Squire T. S. says in his motto, from Virgil, that he does not believe himself to be a poet. If he is sincere, we shall entertain a better opinion of his judgment than we can possibly form of his poetry. We therefore lay the whole blame of this publication on his printer and bookseller" Monthly Review 39 (September 1768) 242.

Philobucolicus: "In thee, smooth-warbling Pope, and jocund Gay, | Their loves renew, and breathe the pastoral reed: | Not Delia's name inspir'd a sweeter lay, | Nor Blowselind so fill'd the list'ning mead" "To T. S. Esq; on the Publication of his Pastorals" Lloyd's Evening Post (5 August 1768) 121.

William Henry Irving: "Pastoral II in this group is a close imitation of Gay's Monday, or the Squabble" John Gay, Favorite of the Wits (1940) 90n.



Your Blowzybella! Murrain on her! She?
Albeit I wis the Parson's maid she be;
But what o' that? A bonnier lass, you lout,
Bumkenna I'll maintain, and so look to't.

[Critical Review 26 (1768) 153]