Josiah Relph studied at the Applebee Free School (where he was a contemporary of Spenserian poet William Thompson) before taking orders and becoming curate and schoolmaster of Sebergham in Cumberland; his poems in the Cumberland dialect were several times reprinted. He tutored the Rev. Thomas Denton, who imitates Spenser in The House of Superstition (1762). Relph's epigrams were reprinted in Knox, Elegant Extracts; some letters by Relph on Roman antiquities are printed in Nichols, Illustrations (1817-58).
1735 ca.Harvest; or the bashful Shepherd. A Pastoral. In the Cumberland Dialect.
1735 ca.Hay-Time; or the Constant Lovers. A Pastoral.
1735 ca.Horace Book II. Ode 7. translated in the Cumberland Dialect.
1735 ca.St. Agnes Fast; or the amorous Maiden. A Pastoral.
1735 ca.The 19th Idyllium of Theocritus attempted in the Cumberland Dialect.
A miscellany of poems, consisting of original poems, etc. 1747; 1797.
Poems, ed. Thomas Sanderson. 1799.
Poems, humorous and sentimental. 1805.