ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. John Johns

(1800 ca.-1844 fl.)


John Johns of Crediton in Devonshire published poetry in the Monthly Repository, a Unitarian periodicall since his name does not appear in the university registers, it seems possible that he was a Unitarian himself. He is the "J." admired by Thomas Campbell, who published a number of Johns's poems in the New Monthly Magazine. As appears from a dedication, he is the son of Ambrose Bowden Johns of Northill Cottage near Plymouth. In his later years he was a preacher in Liverpool.


TEXT RECORDS:

1821Lines for the Bust of Milton.
1822A Sea-Side Reverie.
1822Sonnet, written on visiting the Spot where the earlier Years of the Writer were passed.
1822Stanzas written on viewing the Monument of two sleeping Children, by Chantrey, in Lichfield Cathedral.
1825Occasional Sonnets.
1825Sonnet. To the Ruins of Ionia.
1825To Spain.
1826Starlight.
1826The Wood-Storm.
1826To Greece.
1828Sonnets.
1828The Eve of Salamis.

PUBLICATIONS:

The kingdom of God. A sermon delivered before the Devon and Cornwall Unitarian Association, at Tavistock. 1823.
Dews of Castalie; poems composed on various subjects and occasions. 1828.
The Valley of the nymphs, a dream of the golden world. 1829.
The Season of Autumn, as connected with human feelings and changes: a sermon occasioned by the death of W. Hazlitt. 1830.
Good out of Evil; a tale of a cellar. 1838.
Owen and Llewellyn; being a sequel to Good out of evil. 1839.
The true Church of Jesus; a district address. 1842.
The Law of Light: a sermon. 1844.
Remembrance of the Forgotten: a discourse. 1844.