ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. George Butt

(1741-1795)


The son of a Lichfield surgeon and friend of Dr. Johnson, George Butt studied at Westminster School (1756) and Christ Church Oxford (B.A. 1765, M.A. 1768; D.D. 1793); he held various livings and was distinguished as a tutor before being appointed chaplain to George III (1783). Butt attended Lady Miller's salon at Bath and contributed to her Poetical Amusements at a Villa Near Bath; his "wild harp" is commemorated by Anna Seward in her elegy for Lady Miller ("Laura"). Two of George Butt's daughters, Mary Martha Sherwood and Lucy Cameron, were prolific writers in the early decades of the nineteenth century.


TEXT RECORDS:

1762[Untitled, "Time-hounor'd Isis, and renowned Cam."]
1776An Epithalamium on the Marriage of Edwin and Annabel.
1776 ca.Ode to Fun.
1778The Patriot Vision. A Poem.
1790An ironical Abuse of Poetry. In the Character of Plum, a rich old Citizen.
1790Ode, to Great Britain.
1790 ca.The Allegory of Labour.
1790The Ghost of Milton, a Poem.
1791A Pastoral Dialogue between an Aristocrate and a Democrate.
1793A Dialogue between Addison and Horace, in the Elysian Shades.
1793An Ode on British Heroism.
1793On the reiterated Charge of Persecution against the Christians.
1793To the Right Hon. Edmund Burke.

PUBLICATIONS:

A sermon, preached at the Octagon Chapel, in ... Bath. 1775.
The patriot vision. A poem. Dedicated to the memory of the Earl of Chatham. 1778.
Isaiah versified. 1785.
The religious importance of Sunday schools. 1785.
Sermons. 2 vols, 1791.
A sermon preached in Bewdley Chapel before ... Lord Wescote. 1792.
Poems. 2 vols, 1793.
A sermon upon the general fast, preached in ... Kidderminster. 1793.
A sermon, occasioned by the death of the Hon. Lady Winnington. 1794.
A sermon upon His Majesty's proclamation. 1795.
A sermon, preached in the Cathedral of Worcester. 1795.
The Spanish daughter. By the Rev. G. Butt [with a memoir by his daughter]. 2 vols, 1824.