ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Ambrose Philips

(1674-1749)


The son of a draper, Ambrose Philips was born and educated Shrewsbury. He entered St John's College Cambridge as a sizar in 1693 (B.A. 1697, M.A. 1700, Fellow 1699-1708). Afterwards Philips was a member of Addison's "little senate" in London, where he contributed to the Grumbler (1715) and edited the Freethinker (1718-19). He was Justice of the Peace for Westminster and a lottery commissioner (1717); Philips's later career was spent in Ireland, where he represented Armagh in the Irish Parliament (1727-49) and served as registrar of the prerogative court (1734-47).


TEXT RECORDS:

1708A Pastoral.
1708Another Pastoral. By the same Hand.
1708Another Pastoral. By the Same Hand.
1708Another Pastoral. By the same Hand.
1709Preface to Pastorals.
1709The Fifth Pastoral.
1709The First Pastoral.
1709The Fourth Pastoral.
1709The Second Pastoral.
1709The Sixth Pastoral.
1709The Third Pastoral. Albino.

PUBLICATIONS:

A reflection on our modern poets [by Philips?] 1695.
Miscellany poems [by Philips?] 1697.
Life of John Williams [abridgement of John Hacket, Scrinia reserata]. 1700.
Persian tales [de la Croix, trans. Philips] 1709.
Pastorals. 1710.
The distrest mother: a tragedy. 1712.
An epistle to the Right Honourable Lord Halifax. 1714.
An epistle to the Honourable James Craggs esq. 1717.
The freethinker. 1718-19.
The Briton: a tragedy. 1722.
Humfrey, Duke of Gloucester: a tragedy. 1723.
A collection of old ballads [ed. Philips?] 3 vols, 1723-25; 1872.
An ode in the manner of Pindar on the death of the Right Honourable William, Earl Cowper. 1723.
To the Honourable Miss Carteret. 1725.
To Miss Georgiana, youngest daughter of Lord Carteret. 1725.
Three tragedies. 1725.
Supplication for Miss Carteret in the smallpox. 1726.
To Miss Margaret Pulteney, daughter of Daniel Pulteney esq. 1727.
Pastorals, epistles, odes and other original poems. 1748.
Poems, ed. Mary G. Segar. 1937.