ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir James Bland Burges

(1752-1824)


James Bland Burges studied at Westminster School before entering University College, Oxford in 1770 aged 17. After leaving college in 1773 he studied law at Lincoln's Inn and served in Parliament as the representative for Helston, Cornwall (1787-90). Burges was undersecretary of state before being appointed Baronet and Marshall of his Majesty's Household (1795); he was a younger friend of the dramatist William Cumberland, patronized the Irish Spenserian Thomas Dermody, and was related by marriage to Lord Byron. Burges set William Collins's Ode to the Passions to music and wrote the prologue for "Vortigern" (1796), the notorious Shakespeare forgery by William Henry Ireland.


TEXT RECORDS:

1775Subject, the second Time opening of the Tusculum Vase, at Batheaston Villa.
1796The Birth and Triumph of Love. A Poem.
1801Richard the First, a Poem.
1801Richard the First. Book II.
1801Richard the First. Book III.
1801Richard the First. Book IV.
1801Richard the First. Book IX.
1801Richard the First. Book V.
1801Richard the First. Book VI.
1801Richard the First. Book VII.
1801Richard the First. Book VIII.
1801Richard the First. Book X.
1801Richard the First. Book XI.
1801Richard the First. Book XII.
1801Richard the First. Book XIII.
1801Richard the First. Book XIV.
1801Richard the First. Book XV.
1801Richard the First. Book XVI.
1801Richard the First. Book XVII.
1801Richard the First. Book XVIII.

PUBLICATIONS:

Heroic epistle from Serjeant Bradshaw to John Dunning. 1780.
Considerations on the law of insolvency. 1783.
A letter to the Earl of Effingham. 1783.
Address to the country gentlemen of England. 1789.
Letters on the Spanish aggression at Nootka. 1790.
Narrative of the negotiation between France and Spain in 1790. 1790.
Alfred's letters: a review of the political state of Europe. 1792.
The birth and triumph of love. 1796.
Richard the first: a poem in eighteen books. 2 vols, 1801.
The exodiad [with Richard Cumberland]. 1807, 1808.
Riches, or the wife and brother: a play. 1810.
Songs, duets, etc. in Tricks upon travellers, a comic opera. 1810.
Dramas. 2 vols, 1817.
The dragon knight: a poem in twelve cantos. 1818.
Reasons in favour of a new translation of the holy scriptures. 1819.
An inquiry into the procrastination attributed to the House of Lords. 1824.
Selections from the letters and correspondence, ed. Hutton. 1885.