James Hurdis

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James Hurdis (17631801), born in Bishopstone, East Sussex, was a clergyman and a poet. He was the vicar for the West Sussex village of Burpham and it was there that he wrote The Village Curate. In 1793 he was appointed a Professor of Poetry at Oxford University.


  • Rise with the lark, and with the lark to bed.
    • The Village Curate. Compare: "To rise with the lark, and go to bed with the lamb", Nicholas Breton, Court and Country (reprint, 1618), p. 183; "Goe to bed with the Lambe, and rise with the Larke", John Lyly, Euphues and his England, p. 229.

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