ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Bezaleel Morrice

(1678-1749)


Bezaleel Morrice was born 5 May, 1678 (baptismal record of Stepney). With his brother William he served at Fort St. George (Madras) in 1694 before leaving the East India Company in 1700. Morrice contributed to Mist's Journal and figures among Pope's Dunces (where the note in the Dunciad Variorum declares that no such person existed). He might as well not have existed for all that is recorded about his life (he was evidently in Dublin in 1735). Morrice, who married Elizabeth Wells in 1710, died intestate. Original information is supplied by Michael Morrice.


TEXT RECORDS:

1712An Essay on the Poets.
1717Love and Resentment: A Pastoral.
1717Love and Resentment: To the Reader.
1721The Oak and the Myrtle.
1732St. James's Miscellany: or, the Lover's Tale.
1739An Allegorical Description of the Court of Imagination.
1739An Allegorical Description of the House of Sleep.

PUBLICATIONS:

The Muse's treat: or, a collation of wit and love. 1702.
An essay on the poets. 1712.
Miscellanies or amusements in prose and verse. 1712.
Verses to Mr. Tickell, on Mr. Pope's translation of Homer. 1715.
A voyage from the East-Indies. By Capt. Morrice. 1716.
Love and resentment: a pastoral. 1717.
Astrea: or, the dream, and Composition. 1719.
Three satires. Most humbly inscribed and recommended to that little gentleman, of great vanity, who has just pubished, a fourth volume of his Homer. 1719.
An epistle to Mr. Welsted; and a satyre on the English translations of Homer. 1721.
An essay on the poets. 1721.
The present state of poetry. A satyr. 1721.
Two odes of Horace, with a description of Fame or Report from Virgil. 1721.
Poetical descriptions. 1722.
Unequall enemies; being an essay in the stile of epick poesy. 1722.
An address to Homer. 1723.
The amour of Cytherea: a poem. 1724.
An essay on the universe: a poem. 1725.
A satire: address'd to a friend, and dedicated to Mr. Welstead. 1726.
Verses on the king; occasion'd by his late danger and distress, at sea. 1726.
Dissectio Mentis Humanae: or a satiraic essay on modern critics, stage and epic poets. 1730.
Maria or the picture of a certain young lady. 1730.
Dissectio mentis: or a satyrical display of the faults and errors of human nature; as manifested in the knowledge and manners of the present time: a poem. 1731.
An epistle to Mr. Pope, on reading his translations of the Iliad and Odyssy of Homer. 1731.
The amour of Venus: or, the disasters of unlicens'd love. A poem. 1732.
An essay on the universe. 1733.
On rural felicity; in an epistle to a friend. 1733.
A satirical essay on modern poets. 1734.
All is fish, that comes to the net. 1735.
Rural felicity; or the delight and excellence of retirement: an epistle to a friend. 1735.
The successful fisher, or, all is fish, that come to net. 1735.
The present corruption of Britons, being a paraphrase of the latter part of Mr P — e's dialogue, entitled, One thousand seven hundred and thrity-eight. 1738.
To the falsely celebrated British Homer. An epistle. 1742.