John Hughes was educated with Isaac Watts and Samuel Say at Thomas Rowe's nonconformist academy; afterwards he worked as a clerk in the ordinance office. In addition to his work as poet, essayist, translator, and dramatist, Hughes was highly regarded as a musician. Apart from his contributions to The Spectator and his edition of Spenser, Hughes's literary reputation was based on his tragic drama, the Siege of Damascus (1720); the playwright lived just long enough to hear of its success.
1697Horace. Book 1. Ode xxii. imitated in Paraphrase.
1698The Triumph of Peace.
1700The Court of Neptune. A Poem.
1702Horace. Book 2. Ode xvi. imitated in Paraphrase.
1711 ca.Supplement to Milton's Il Penseroso.
1714Lay Monk No. 31 [Parallel between Painting and Poetry.]
1714Lay Monk No. 32 [Parallel between Painting and Poetry. Continued.]
1714Lay Monk No. 39 [Parallel between Painting and Poetry. Conclusion.]
1715An Essay on Allegorical Poetry. With Remarks on the Writings of Mr. Edmund Spenser.
1715Mr. Hughes to Sir Godfrey Kneller [On Spenser and Rubens].
1715Remarks on the Fairy Queen.
1715Remarks on the Shepherd's Calendar, &c.
1715The Life of Mr. Edmund Spenser.
1719The Morning Apparition. Written at Wallington-house in Surry.
The triumph of peace. 1698.
The court of Neptune. 1699.
The house of Nassau: a Pindarick ode. 1702.
An ode in praise of music. 1703.
A complete history of England [by White Kennett, contributor]. 1706.
Advices from Parnassus, all translated from the Italian by several hands, revis'd and corrected by Mr. Hughes [Boccalini, trans.] 1706.
Fontenelle's Dialogues of the dead, translated from the French; and two original dialogues. 1708.
Calypso and Telemachus: an opera. 1712.
The history of the revolution in Portugal by the Abbot de Vertot [trans.] 1712.
An ode to the creator of the world, occasion'd by the fragments of Orpheus. 1712.
Letters of Abelard and Heloise. To which is prefix'd, a particular account of their lives, amours, and misfortunes [trans. Hughes]. 1713.
The lay-monastery: consisting of essays, discourses, etc publish'd singly under the title of the Lay-monk [with Richard Blackmore]. 1714.
An allusion to Horace, Book I. Ode XXII. 1715.
The works of Mr. Edmund Spenser, with a glossary explaining the old and obscure words. 6 vols, 1715.
Apollo and Daphne: a masque set to musick. 1716.
An ode for the birthday of her Royal Highness the Princess of Wales. 1716.
Orestes: a tragedy. 1717.
A layman's thoughts on the late treatment of the Bishop of Bangor. 1717.
Hamlet, prince of Denmark: a tragedy, as it is now acted by His Majesty's servants, ed. Hughes. 1718.
Charon, or the ferry-boat: a vision. 1719.
Conversations with a lady on the plurality of worlds: to which is added A discourse concerning the antients and moderns [Fontenelle, discourse trans. Hughes]. 1719.
An ode for the second of March next (St. David's day being on a Sunday) to be then performed at the anniversary meeting of the societies of ancient Britons. 1719?
The ecstacy: an ode. 1720.
A new miscellany of original poems [contributor]. 1720.
The siege of Damascus: a tragedy. 1720.
Poems on several occasions, with some select essays in prose. 2 vols, 1735.
The complicated guilt of the late  Rebellion, ed. William Duncombe. 1745.
Letters by several eminent persons deceased, ed. John Duncombe. 3 vols, 1772, 1773.