Rev. William Lisle Bowles


The son of a Northamptonshire clergyman, William Lisle Bowles studied under Joseph Warton at Winchester (1775-81) and knew Thomas Warton at Oxford (B.A. 1786, M.A. 1792). After a failed engagement, Bowles traveled in Europe beginning the series of sonnets that made him famous. He was rector of Chicklade, Wiltshire (1792-97), Dubleton, Gloucestershire (1797), vicar of Bremhill, Wiltshire (1804-50), prebendary of Salisbury (1804), canon residentiary (1828). Bowles's Sonnets made a deep impression on Coleridge while his criticisms of Pope was resented by Byron and Campbell.


1788Sonnet by Mr. Bowles.
1789Elegy written at the Hot-Wells, Bristol.
1789Fourteen Sonnets.
1791A Poetical Address to the Right Honourable Edmund Burke.
1791Monody, written at Matlock.
1796Hope, an Allegorical Sketch.
1801Monody on the Death of Dr. Warton.
1801The Spirit of Navigation and Discovery. Canto the First.
1806Concluding Observations on the Poetic Character of Pope.
1806[Note on Pope's Discourse on Pastoral Poetry.]
1809Old Time's Holiday. Suggested on seeing a Picture of Time playing on a Harp.
1809The Visionary Boy.
1809The Winds.
1815[Lines on the Battle of Waterloo.]
1819Invariable Principles of Poetry, in a Letter addressed to Thomas Campbell, Esq.
1823Glastonbury Abbey, and Wells Cathedral.
1825 ca.Childe Harold's Last Pilgrimage.


Fourteen sonnets, elegiac and descriptive, written during a tour. 1789.
Verses to John Howard, FRS. 1789.
The grave of Howard: a poem. 1790.
Verses on the benevolent institution of the philanthropic society. 1790.
A poetical address to Edmund Burke. 1791.
Elegy written at the hot-wells, Bristol. 1791.
Monody, written at Matlock. 1791.
A sermon preached in the cathedral church of Sarum. 1795.
Elegiac stanzas, written during sickness at Bath. 1796.
Hope: an allegorical sketch. 1796.
St. Michael's Mount: a poem. 1798.
Coombe Ellen: a poem. 1798.
A discourse delivered to the military associations for the town and district of Shaftesbury. 1799.
Song of the battle of the Nile. 1799.
Poems. 1801.
The sorrows of Switzerland: a poem. 1801.
Poems. Vol. II. 1801.
The picture: verses suggested by a painting of Rubens. 1803.
The spirit of discovery, or the conquest of ocean: a poem in five books. 1809.
Bowden Hill: the banks of the Wye. 1806.
The works of Pope, ed. Bowles. 10 vols, 1806.
Poems, written chiefly at Bremhill. 1809.
The missionary: a poem. 1813, 1815.
Semons. 1815.
Thoughts on the increase of crimes, the education of the poor, and the national schools. 1818.
Vindiciae Wykehamicae. 1818.
The invariable principles of poetry in a letter to Thomas Campbell. 1819.
A reply to the reviewer. 1820.
A vindication of the editor of Pope's works. 1821.
Two letters to Lord Byron. 1821.
The grave of the last Saxon: a poem. 1822.
Ellen Gray: a poem. 1823
Charity: a poem. 1823.
A voice from St. Peter's and St. Paul's. 1823.
The ark: a dramatic oratorio. 1824?
A final appeal relative to Pope. 1825.
Lessons in criticism to William Roscoe. 1826.
Paulus Parochialis (sermons). 1826.
Days departed: or Banwell Hill: a lay of the Severn Sea. 1828.
Hermes Britannicus. 1828.
The parochial history of Bremhill. 1828.
The life of Thomas Ken. 2 vols, 1830.
A word on Cathedral-oratorios and clergy-magistrates. 1830.
A few words on the cathedral clergy. 1831.
St. John in Patmos: a poem. 1832.
A last and summary answer [on] anthems and cathedral services. 1833.
Annals and antiquities of Lacock Abbey. 1835.
Scenes and shadows of days departed. 1835.
The patronage of the English bishops. 1836.
The little villager's verse book. 1837.
The cartoons of Raphael (sermons). 1838.
A final defence of the rights of patronage in deans and chapters. 1838.
Poetical works, ed. George Gilfallan. 2 vols, 1855.
Poetical Works of Bowles, Lamb, and Hartley Coleridge, ed. William Tirebuck. 1887,
A Wiltshire parson and his friends. The correspondence of W. L. Bowles, ed. Garland Greever. 1926.