ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Joseph Sterling

(1750 ca.-1794 fl.)


Apparently little is known of the Rev. Joseph Sterling, who studied with a Mr. Dennis before entering Trinity College Dublin as a sizar in 1765. He collected early romances, about which he corresponded with Thomas Percy. Sterling published more Spenserian stanzas and Spenserian sonnets than almost any poet of his generation, including a conclusion to Spenser's continuation of Chaucer's Squire's Tale. Thomas Dermody addresses a poem to Sterling, and may have been acquainted with him.


TEXT RECORDS:

1768Essay on Romance.
1775The Rhapsodist; a Poem.
1781Sonnet. ["Bayard, whose mem'ry virtue's tears embalm."]
1782An Elegy to dissuade young Persons from Poetical Pursuits.
1782La Gierusalemme Soggettita.
1782Sonnet to Mrs. Meares.
1782The Twilight of the Gods.
1782[Sonnet, "Ah well away! for me the sun in vain."]
1782[Sonnet, "What honors wait immortal Tasso's lyre!"]
1782[Sonnet, "When late I stray'd where winding SLANEY flows."]
1785[Conclusion of the Squire's Tale.]
1789Ode for the Installation of the Knights of the illustrious Order of St. Patrick.
1789To the Right Reverend the Lord Bishop of Down and Connor.

PUBLICATIONS:

Bombarino, a romance, with poems on the four sister arts. 1768.
The rhapsodist, a poem. 1775.
The history of the chevalier Bayard. 1781.
Poems. 1782.
Cambuscan; or the squire's tale ... concluded. 1785.
Poems. 1789.
Odes. 1794.