1720 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Samuel Cobb

Giles Jacob, in Historical Account of the Lives and Writings of our most considerable English Poets (1720) 36.



Assistant-Master of the Grammar-School of Christ's Hospital, where he was himself Educated, and from whence he was Elected to Trinity College in Cambridge, and took the Degree of Master of Arts there. He was a Man of sound Learning, ready Wit, and good Humour, and his Observations upon Virgil, shew that he was well acquainted with that Poet. He died at London, in the Year 1713. And lies Interred in the Cloyster of Christ's Hospital. Besides a Collection of Poems, Published by himself, in Octavo, 1700. He has writ the following Pieces.

I. The Female Reign. An Ode, Alluding to the Fourteenth Ode of the Fourth Book of Horace. This piece sets forth the Happiness of England in the beginning of the Reign of Queen Anne, and comes closer to the finest Transitions and Returns of Pindar to to the Subject, than any Poem I have seen in our Language.

II. The Miller's Tale, from Chaucer; inscribed to Nicholas Rowe, Esq;

III. The Mouse Trap. A Poem, made English from Mr. Holdsworth's Latin Original.

IV. The Oak and the Briar. A Tale.

He likewise joined with Mr. Rowe in the Translation of Quillet's Callipaedia; and assisted Mr. Ozell in the Translation of Boileau's Lutrin, etc.