1813
ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

To the Right Honourable, the Earl of Ashburnham.

Poems on Several Occasions: by Edward, Lord Thurlow. The Second Edition: considerably enlarged.

Edward Thurlow


Another Spenserian sonnet in Edward Thurlow's gallery of portraits after the antique manner. John Ashburnham (1603-1671) was involved in an attempt to free Charles I from imprisonment in 1647.

Francis Hodgson: "We beg, however, that the noble author may be advised not to introduce so large a portion of the House of Peers to the acquaintance of the general reader, in the next edition. We never saw so much of Debrett's Peerage versified before. Here is a sonnet To the Most Noble Prince, the Duke of Dorset; another to The Right Hon. the Earl of Spencer; who is not only 'Knight of the Most Noble Order of the Garter,' but, in this poet's language, a 'transcendant Lord;' another To the Right Honourable the Earl of Moira, Lord Hastings and Rawdon, who is 'a great Lord;' another, To the Right Honourable Lord Holland, who is 'a most favour'd Lord;' another To the Right Honourable the Earl of Granard, who is an 'heroick Lord.' — 'Good Lord! to see the various ways,' —" Monthly Review NS 71 (May 1813) 34.



Most noble Lord, in whose thrice-ancient name
The flow'r of perfect faith, and loyalty
Still blossoms, that therein your glorious fame,
Accepted of all time, shall never die;
But that pure gift, that to his progeny
Was left by Bertram in King Harold's days,
And after seen in that late tragedy,
Which did the Martyr from this life erase,
Continues of your house the matchless praise;
Right worthily, my lord, to you I bring
These fair first-fruits of my heroick lays,
Sith of you ancestors I mean to sing,
And in lamenting Verse to speak their fate,
Who perish'd for "the King and the Estate."

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