ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Gilbert West

(1703-1756)


Gilbert West was the son of the Rev. Richard West (who edited Pindar with Leonard Welsted in 1697), and the nephew of Sir Richard Temple, Lord Cobham. He attended Eton and Christ Church Oxford (B.A. 1725, B.C.L. 1748) and served in the army. Respected as a translator, West was an important Christian apologist with influential social connections. It was Gilbert West who encouraged John Upton to edit Spenser. In his later years he suffered from the gout and was largely confined to his house at Wickham.


TEXT RECORDS:

1732Stowe, the Gardens of the Right Honourable Richard Lord Viscount Cobham.
1739A Canto of the Fairy Queen. [On the Abuse of Travelling.]
1742The Institution of the Order of the Garter: a Dramatick Poem.
1746Father Francis's Prayer to St. Agnes. In imitation of Chaucer.
1747Verses occasion'd by a Poem of Mr. Lyttelton's to the Memory of Capt. Grenville of the Defiance Man of War.
1749First Pythian Ode.
1751Education, a Poem.
1751[To Lady Langham, Widow of Sir John Langham, Bt.]

PUBLICATIONS:

Stowe, the gardens of the Right Honourable Richard, Lord Viscount Cobham. 1732.
A canto of the Fairy Queen. Written by Spenser. 1739.
The institution of the order of the garter. A dramatick poem. 1742.
Observations on the history and evidence of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. 1747.
The odes of Pindar, with several other pieces translated. 1749.
Education: a poem in two cantos. 1751.
Two orations [Thucydides, trans.] 1759.
The oration of Plato [Thucydides, trans.]. 1768.