George Dyer


The son of a London shipwright, George Dyer attended Christ's Hospital and Emmanuel College Cambridge (B.A. 1778) where he befriended his tutor, the Shakespeare scholar Richard Farmer. Dyer worked as an usher at Dedham Grammar School in Essex, before returning to Cambridge as a private tutor. He became a Unitarian and taught school before taking up residence in Clifford's Inn (1792) where he spent the rest of his long life. Charles Lamb describes Dyer affectionately in his essays "Oxford in the Vacation" and "Amicus Redivivus."


1787Ode on the Spring.
1792Ode IV. On the Morning.
1792Ode VII. On Liberty.
1794To Dr. Priestly, on his going to America.
1797Verses occasioned by the Death of John Armstrong, A.M.
1798Ode addressed to Dr. Robert Anderson, of Heriot's Green, Edinburgh.
1801The Balance. To Thomas Brand Hollis.
1801Written in the Cloisters of Christ's-Hospital in London.
1802Cursory Remarks on Readers, and the Nature of Poetry: on Dreams and Visions.
1802To an Enthusiast.
1802To the Cam.
1803Cantabrigiana LXXXII. Spenser.
1803On Revisiting the Scenes of Earlier Life.
1805After a Tour at the Close of Autumn.
1806Ode to the Morning Hour.
1812Ode I. Visions.
1812[On the primary and ultimate use of Poetry.]
1814Pembroke Hall.
1818To a Lady, requesting some Verses on the Birth of her Sister's first born Child.


An inquiry into the nature of subscription to the 39 Articles. 1789.
Poems, consisting of odes and elegies. 1792.
The complaints of the poor people of England; containing remarks on government. 1793.
Slavery and famine, punishments for sedition: or an account of the miseries and starvation at Botany Bay. 1794.
A dissertation on the theory and practice of benevolence. 1795.
Memoirs of the life and writings of Robert Robertson. 1796.
The poet's fate: a poetical dialogue. 1797.
An address to the people of Great Britain on the doctrine of libels and the office of jurors. 1799.
Poems. 1801.
Poems and critical essays. 1802.
Poetics: or a series of poems and disquisitions on poetry. 2 vols, 1812.
Four letters on the English constitution. 1812.
History of the university and colleges of Cambridge. 2 vols, 1814.
The privileges of the university and colleges of Cambridge. 2 vols, 1824.
Academic unity ... a general dissertation contained in the privileges of the University of Cambridge. 1827.