The son of a Presbyterian clergyman, the much-lamented John Oldham was educated by his father and at St. Edmund Hall Oxford (B.A. 1674). He taught as an usher in Whitgift's School, Croydon (1675-78) and afterwards as a tutor for Sir Edward Thurland, among others (1678-82). Oldham lived just long enough to win the admiration of Rochester, Dryden, and the first wits of his age.
1681Bion. A Pastoral, in imitation of the Greek of Moschus, bewailing the Death of the Earl of Rochester.
1681Horace his Art of Poetry, imitated in English.
1681 ca.Virgil. Eclogue VIII. The Enchantment.
1683A Satire. The Person of Spencer is brought in.
Upon the marriage of the Prince of Orange. 1677.
Garnet's ghost, addressing the Jesuits. 1679.
A Pindarick ode describing the excellency of true virtue. 1679.
A satyr against vertue. 1679.
The clarret drinker's song. 1680.
Satyrs upon the Jesuits. 1681.
Some new pieces never before publisht. 1681.
Anacreon done into English [Oldham et. al.] 1683.
Poems and translations. 1683.
Works of Mr. John Oldham in verse and prose. 1684.
A second musical entertainment perform'd on St Cecilia's day. 1685.
Works. 2 vols, 1722.
Compositions in prose and verse, ed. Edward Thompson. 3 vols, 1770.
Poems, ed. Harold F. Brooks and Raman Selden. 1987.