[Rev.] James Delacour
1709-1785 [var. 1781, Cabinet]; b. Blarney, Co, Cork; ed. TCD;
published poetry from 1730s incl . Abelard and Eloisa (Dublin
1730), and answer to Pope; engaged in literary skirmishes with William
Dunkin, assisted by Charles Carthy; issued A Prospect of Poetry
(Dublin 1743), praised by James Thompson, and reprinted with 338 subscriptions,
Dublin 1770, including verse to Thompson; curate of Ballinaboy 1744-55; Poems (Cork 1778); later styled the mad parson and
deemed to be alcoholic. RR CAB PI FDA OCIL
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Abelard and Eloisa (Dublin 1730); A Prospect of Poetry (Dublin
1743). COMM, Richard Ryan, Biographia Hibernica: Irish Worthies
(1821), Vol. II, p.60-62, as De la Cour, or De la Court, James.
Bryan Coleborne, They Sate in Counterview, Anglo-Irish
Verse in the Eighteenth Century, in Paul Hyland & Neil Sammells, Irish
Writing, Exile and Subversion (1991), pp.45-63, Delacourt argues in
his satiric lyric, On his Brothers marriage, that a
man who marries a woman not above his social equal will face opposition
of her circle; How comes it, neighbourly Bob, / That you should
thus surmount us. / And all the nobles rob, / By wedding a rich countess?
/ Happy Bob ... Twill be nulled, of course, / Her friends will not
allow it; / Theyll put the act in force, / For nobles can undo it.
/ Happy Bob. (p.54); this poem collected in Poetry and legendary
Ballads of the South of Ireland, in Journal of the Cork Hist. and Arch.
Society (1894), p.270.
British Library holds Poems comprising A Prospect of Poetry,
To Mr. Thomson on his Seasons, Abelard to Eloisa, and
other poems (Thomas White, Cork 1778); Prospect of Poetry (John Harris,
Cork 1807); Prospect ... [ded.] to John, Earl of Cork, with a poem to
Mr. Thomson, 3rd edn. (Corke [sic]: Thomas Lord 1770).
(On Seeing A Lady at an Opposite Window) So Moses
from fair Pisgahs height / The Land of Promise eyd; / Surveyed
the regions of delight,- / He saw, came down, and died. (In Cabinet of Irish Literature, ed. Charles Read.)