ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Michael Tyson

(1740-1780)


The son of a Lincolnshire clergyman, Michael Tyson was a fellow of Corpus Christi College Cambridge (B.A. 1764; M.A. 1767, bursar 1774; B.D. 1775). In 1766 he toured Scotland with Richard Gough; he was ordained in 1773 and was Vicar of St. Benet's Cambridge (1773-76), Vicar of Sawston, Cambridgeshire (1772-76), Whitehall Preacher (1776), and Rector of Lambourne, Essex (1778-80). Tyson was a painter and engraver, FSA, FRS, and assisted with Mason's life of Gray. William Cole's memoir of Tyson in Nichols's Anecdotes (1812-15) graphically depicts the tribulations of college life.


TEXT RECORDS:

1761[Untitled, "Hence pale Grief and anxious Care."]
1762[Untitled, "Breathe with soft melody, ye Dorian flutes."]
1763[Untitled, "The gayly-gilded stream of light."]

PUBLICATIONS:

An account of an illuminated manuscript in the library of Corpus Christi College. 1770.
Correspondence with Richard Gough, in Nichols, Literary Anecdotes, vol. 8. 1814.