The son a clergyman, George Richards was educated at Christ's Hospital (1776-85) and Trinity College Oxford (B.A. 1788, Fellow of Oriel 1790-96, M.A. 1791, D.D. 1820); his prize poem, The Aboriginal Britons (1791) received a great deal of attention. Richards was later a Bampton lecturer (1800) and Vicar of Bampton (1796), Rector of Lillingstone Lovell, Oxford (1795), and a distinguished rector of St. Martin's in the Fields (1820-37).
An essay on the characteristic differences between ancient and modern poetry. 1789.
Aboriginal Britons: a prize poem. 1791.
Songs of the aboriginal bards of Britain. 1792.
Modern France: a poem. 1793.
A sermon before the Lord Mayor, aldermen, sheriffs, and governors. 1793.
Matilda; or, the dying penitent, a poetical epistle. 1795.
The divine origine of prophecy illustrated and defended in a course of sermons. 1800.
Odin: a drama. 1804.
Poems. 2 vols, 1804.
Monody on Admiral Lord Viscount Nelson. 1805.
Poetical works, ed. Walter Scott. 3 vols, 1810.
Christian watching recommended in a sermon. 1817.
The immoral effects of the Poor-laws considered; in a sermon. 1818.
The moral and religious character of her late Majesty. A sermon. 1818.