ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Moses Mendez

(1690 ca.-1758)


Moses Mendez, the only son of James Mendez of Mitcham, was created M.A. of Oxford in 1750. He resided at Mitcham in Surrey, possibly studied with William King at St. Mary Hall, Oxford, cultivated Jacobite acquaintances, wrote poetry and dramas in a humorous vein, and was reputedly the richest poet of his time. His widow and sons were authorized by royal license to change their name to Head (1770). Thomas Warton tutored Mendez's son, Francis Head, at Oxford, though there is no indication that he was acquainted with the poet. A grandson, Francis Bond Head, was created a baronet in 1838.


TEXT RECORDS:

1749 ca.The Blatant Beast; a Poem, in Spenser's Style, by Moses Mendez, Esq.
1749 ca.To the well conceited Maister John Ellis.
1751An Imitation of Spenser.
1751An Imitation of Spenser. [Spring.]
1751The Seasons. In imitation of Spenser.
1751 ca.To Mr. S. Tucker. By Mr. Mendez.
1755The Squire of Dames. A Poem. In Spenser's Stile.

PUBLICATIONS:

Cervantes, Novellas exemplares, ed. Mendez. 1743.
Henry and Blanch, or the revengeful marriage: a tale from Gil Blas. 1745.
The Battiad [with P. Whitehead and R. Schomberg]. 1750, 1751.
The chaplet: a musical entertainment at Drury Lane. 1749.
Robin Hood: a new musical entertainment. 1751.
The seasons, in imitation of Spenser. 1751.
The shepherd's lottery: a musical entertainment. 1751.
The squire of dames: a poem in Spenser's style. 1751.
The double disappointment: or the fortune hunters: a comedy. 1755.
A collection of the most esteemed pieces of poetry, by Moses Mendez [et. al.] 1767.