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Right Rev. they. Helen DD Lord Brishop of Calcutta
Engraved by The Wootnoth. from a Painting by F. Thillips. Crg: R. A. with the kind Permission of I.'W Reynolds. Engraver is the King •
Published by Fisher, Son & Co Caxton, London, March 1, 1827.
Mr. Heber accepted an offer to accompany Mr. Thornton in a tour through Germany, Russia, and the Crimea. Of the value of his journal some idea may be formed, from several passages which the late Dr. Clarke was permitted to extract for the illustration of his travels.
While abroad, Mr. Heber was unani
and upon his return, he gained another academical prize for an essay in prose, on "The Sense of Honour." Soon after this, Mr. Heber relinquished his fellowship, on being presented to the family rectory of Hodnet, in Shropshire, and marrying the daughter of Dr. Shipley, dean of St. Asaph.
THE family of Heber is of ancient standing in Yorkshire, branches of which have, at different periods, been transplanted into Shropshire, Cheshire, and Essex. The Rev. Reginald Heber, master of arts of Brazen-mously chosen fellow of All Souls' College; nose College, Oxford, on becoming rector of Malpas, in Cheshire, married the daughter of Dr. Allanson, of the county of York, by whom he had two sons, Richard, who was for some time one of the representatives of the university of Oxford, and Reginald, the subject of the present memoir. As a proof of the excellence of the elder Mr. Heber's character, we may adduce the following trait of his disinterestedness. When he went to settle on his living, he was given to understand that Mrs. Smith, the relict of the learned dean of Chester, considered herself as his relative, and that, therefore, as she was very rich, her acquaintance would be worth cultivating. The good man took no notice of the hint, but being perfectly at his ease in worldly circumstances, left his distant cousin to dispose of her property elsewhere.
His second son, who, with his name, inherited his liberal disposition, was born at Malpas, April 21, 1783. The rudiments of his education he received under the parental roof, from whence he was removed at an early age, to the grammar school of Whitchurch, in Shropshire, and next, to a private seminary near the metropolis, kept by Dr. Bristowe. At the age of sixteen, he was entered a student of Brazennose College, and the year following gained the chancellor's prize for his "Carmen Seculare," an elegant Latin poem on the commencement of the new century. In 1803 he distinguished himself by his exquisite English poem, entituled, " Palestine," which obtained the gold medal, and was recited with great applause in the theatre. On that occasion the venerable father of the young poet was present, and the effect upon his nerves was such, that he died shortly afterwards.
To relieve his mind under this loss,
In 1808 he took the degree of master of arts as a Grand Compounder, and the next year appeared his poem, entituled, “Europe, or Lines on the present War," a piece which, though not professedly a satire, exhibits in some parts much of the Juvenalian character on the vices and follies of the age.
About the same time came out a quarto edition of the "Palestine; with a Fragment on the Passage of the Red Sea;" written in the highest style of descriptive poetry. Four years afterwards, the author printed a small volume of "Original Poems and Translations," which, for vigour of conception, beauty of imagery, and harmony of versification, may vie with some of the finest productions in our language.
In 1815, Mr. Heber preached the Bampton Lecture before the university of Oxford, on which occasion he took for his subject, "The Personality and Office of the Christian Comforter." The course was well attended, and the preacher gained great credit, by the manner in which he discharged this important duty. Yet, when the discourses, pursuant to the will of the founder of the lecture, appeared from the press, some of the positions advanced therein were called in question by the editor of the British Critic, in such a manner, that the author, though little disposed to controversy, felt himself under the necessity of replying to the anonymous reviewer, in "A Letter addressed to the Head of a College." The next publication of Mr. Heber was an admirable sermon, preached by him in the cathedral