1769 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Katherine Philips

James Granger, in Biographical History of England (1769; 1824) 4:45.



Catherine, daughter of John Fowler, a merchant of London, and wife of John Philips, of the Priory of Cardigan, esq. was much and deservedly esteemed for her poetical talents. She was styled, "The matchless Orinda," and indeed shone without a rival among the female wits of her time. She was author of several poems, which are more to be admired for propriety and beauty of thought, than for harmony of versification, in which she was generally deficient. She translated the Pompey and Horace of Corneille, and is said to have been assisted in the former by Charles, lord Buckhurst and Mr. Waller. Pompey was acted with applause in Ireland, and Horace by persons of quality at court. Her Letters to Sir Charles Cotterel have been much admired, and are among the best of her works. Dr. Jeremy Taylor, who was her intimate friend, has addressed his excellent Letter on the Measures and Offices of Friendship to her. Ob. June, 1664, Aet. 32. Her works were published after her decease, in 1667.