1769 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Josiah Shute

James Granger, in Biographical History of England (1769; 1824) 2:350.



Josias Shute, archdeacon of Colchester, and rector of St. Mary Woonoth, in Lombard-street, London, was educated at Trinity College, in Cambridge. In his character were united every qualification of an excellent divine. His learning in divinity and ecclesiastical history was extensive; indeed, almost universal. His talent as an orator was perhaps unrivalled; he instantly caught, and immovably fixed the attention. His life was a uniform example of unaffected piety. He was frequently styled, the English Chrysostom, and was particularly conversant in the writings of that father. He first began to be neglected in the civil wars. His primitive virtues could not overbalance the prejudice conceived by some against his learning, which was not apostolical. Lloyd tells us in his Memoirs, that he died the 22d of June, 1643; and in the next page, that he died in 1640: he was right at first.