ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Bp. Thomas Percy

(1729-1811)


The son of a Shropshire grocer, Thomas Percy studied at Christ's Church, Oxford (B.A. 1750, M.A. 1753); he was ordained in 1753 and was Vicar of Easton Mauduit, Northamptonshire (1753-82). Percy was chaplain to the Duke of Northumberland (1765) and to the King (1769), took his D.D. from Emmanuel College Cambridge (1770), and was Dean of Carlisle (1778-82) and Bishop of Dromore (1782-1811). Percy's Reliques of Ancient English Poetry, on which he labored for years, became a foundational work for British romanticism. Percy assisted John Nichols in choosing poems for the Select Collection (1780-84).


TEXT RECORDS:

1756A Sonnet, after the Manner of Spencer. Addressed to a Lady.
1756A Sonnet. Occasioned by leaving Bath, June 1755. Addressed to the Misses H ***.
1765On the Ancient Metrical Romances.
1771The Hermit of Warkworth.
1771To her grace, Elizabeth, Duchess and Countess of Northumberland, in her own right Baroness Percy. &c. &c. &c.

PUBLICATIONS:

Hau Kiou Choaan, or the pleasing history: a translation from the Chinese. 4 vols, 1761.
Miscellaneous pieces related to the Chinese. 2 vols, 1762.
The matrons: six short histories. 1772 (for 1762?).
Five pieces of Runic poetry, translated. 1763.
The Song of Solomon newly translated. 1764.
Reliques of ancient English poetry. 3 vols, 1765.
A letter describing the ride to Holme Abbey. 1765.
A key to the New Testament. 1766.
The household books of the Earl of Northumberland in 1512. 1768.
A sermon preached before the Sons of the Clergy. 1769.
Northern antiquities [Mallet, trans. Percy]. 2 vols, 1770; 1809.
The hermit of Warkworth: a Northumberland ballad. 1771.
A sermon preached ... before... the Society for Promoting English Protestant Schools in Ireland. 1789.
An essay on the origin of the English stage. 1793.
Memoir of Goldsmith [in Works] 1801.
Letters from Thomas Percy, John Callander, David Herd, and others to George Paton. 1830.
Folio manuscripts, ed. J. W. Hales and F. J. Furnivall. 3 vols, 1868.
Ancient songs, chiefly on Moorish subjects, translated, ed. David Nichol Smith. 1932.
Eger and Grime, ed. J. R. Caldwell. 1933.
The Percy Letters, ed. Nichol-Smith and Brooks. 1944-