The son of the Archdeacon of Salop, John Philips attended Winchester College (1691-97) and entered Christ Church Oxford in 1697 at the age of 15. He was a friend of George Sewell and Edmund "Rag" Smith before he died of consumption at an early age. Philips is best known for his burlesque of Milton, the Splendid Shilling; he published Blenheim as a Tory counterpart to Addison's Campaign.
The sylvan dream: or the mourning muse. 1701.
The splendid shilling: an imitation of Milton. 1705.
Blenheim: a poem. 1705.
Cerealia: an imitation of Milton. 1706.
Honoratissimo viro Henrico Saint John, armigero: ode. 1707.
Ode graulatoria Willielmo Cowper. 1707.
Cyder: a poem in two books. 1708.
Poems, ed. George Sewell. 1712.
The whole works. 1720.
Poems, ed. M. G. Lloyd Thomas. 1927.