[JERNINGHAM, Edward]. ~ The Swedish Curate, a Poem. London: Printed for J. Robson... 1773.
4to (249 × 193) in half-sheets, pp. , 15, ; leave lightly toned; modern boards.
First edition, dedicated ‘To the Honourable Horace Walpole (as a Monument of Friendship and Esteem)’.
The poem relates the story of Gustavus Vasa being concealed by a country curate in his church after Gustavus’s escape from Denmark back to Sweden in 1520. ‘Here the scene of the poem before us opens. Gustavus and the curate are introduced in the church at midnight, the former animated with hopes of revenging the deaths of the Swedish nobility, and of shaking off the yoke of slavery under which is country laboured, the latter exhorting him to persevere in his design. The curate’s character, as here drawn, is very amiable, and the sentiments of both the speakers are such as Englishmen cannot fail of reading with satisfaction’ (Critical Review). Jackson, p. 24.