ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Samuel Wesley the Younger

(1691-1739)


The eldest son of the poet Rev. Samuel Wesley and brother of John and Charles Wesley, the younger Samuel Wesley was educated at Westminster School before entering Christ Church Oxford in 1711 (B.A. 1715, M.A. 1718). He was head usher at Westminster School (1713-33) and master of Blundell's School, Tiverton (1733-39). A high church Tory, Wesley was a friend of Bishop Francis Atterbury.

TEXT RECORDS:

1723The Battle of the Sexes. A Poem.
1726Pastoral.
1726The Iliad in a Nutshell: or, Homer's Battle of the Frogs and Mice.
1736The Descriptive: a Miltonick. After the Manner of the Moderns.
1736 ca.Wroote: a Heroic Poem. Humbly inscribed to Miss Mehetabel Wesley.

PUBLICATIONS:

Neck or nothing, a consolatory letter from Mr Dunton to Mr Curll. 1716.
The battle of the sexes: a poem. 1723.
A new ballad. 1723.
The story of the three children. 1724.
The pig and the mastiff: two tales. 1725.
The Iliad in a nutshell: or Homer's Battle of the frogs and mice. 1726.
To the memory of the right reverend father in God, Francis Gastrell. 1726.
The prisons open'd: a poem. 1729.
Verses on the death of Mrs Morice. 1730.
The cobbler, a tale. 173?
The parish priest: a poem upon a clergyman lately deceas'd. 1732.
The Christian poet ... or poems by Mr. Wesley. 1735.
Four tales after the manner of the ingenious Matt Prior. 1735?
Poems on several occasions. 1736, 1743.
Tales, instructive and entertaining. 1808.
Poems on several occasions ... including many pieces never before published, ed. John Nichols. 1862.