Henry Francis Cary was born in Gibraltar to Irish parents, the son of an army captain and the grandson of a bishop. At Rubgy he published his first poems at age sixteen (under the patronage of Anna Seward); at Christ Church Oxford (B.A. 1794, M.A. 1796) he began his famous translation of Dante. Cary was Vicar of Abbot's Bromley, Staffordshire (1796), Kingsbury, Warwickshire (1800), reader at Berkeley Chapel, London (1807) and assistant-keeper of printed books at the British Museum (1826). He published verse in the Gentleman's Magazine and at the London Magazine was an associate of Lamb, Hood, and Clare; his continuation of Johnson's Lives of the Poets, originally written for the London Magazine, was posthumously edited by his son.
An irregular ode to General Elliott. 1788.
Sonnets and odes. 1788.
Ode to General Kosciusko. 1797.
The Inferno of Dante: with a translation in blank verse, notes and a life of the author. 2 vols, 1805-06.
The vision: or Hell, Purgatory and Paradise of Dante, translated. 3 vols, 1814, 1819.
The birds of Aristophanes, translated. 1824.
Pindar in English verse. 1833.
Poetical works of Pope and Cowper [ed. Cary]. 1839.
Poetical works of Milton, Thomson and Young [ed. Cary]. 1841.
Lives of the English poets, from Johnson to Kirke White. 1846.
The early French poets: notices and translations. 1846.
Works. 6 vols, 1847-56.