1780 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Samuel Cobb

John Nichols, in Select Collection of Poems with Notes Biographical and Historical (1780-82) 7:238-39n.



This writer, who is well known by his admirable Ode, The Female Reign, in the first volume of Mr. Dodsley's Collection, p. 69, was assistant master of the Grammar-school at Christ's Hospital, where he was himself educated, and was thence elected to Trinity College, Cambridge, and took the degree of M.A. in that university. He died at London in the year 1713, and was buried in the cloysters of Christ's Hospital. Jacob says, "he was a man of sound learning, ready wit, and good humour; and his Observations on Virgil shew that he was well acquainted with that Poet." He published in 1707 A Collection of Poems on Several Occasions with Imitations from Horace, Ovid, Martial, Theocritus, Bacchylides, Anacreon, and others. To which is prefixed A Discourse on Criticism, and the Liberty of Writing, by Way of a Letter to a Friend; whence those here printed are selected. He translated the third and part of the fourth book of Rowe's translation of the Callipaedia; and assisted Mr. Ozell in the translation of Boileau's Lutrin. His other known productions are, 1. The Miller's Tale, from Chaucer, inscribed to Nicholas Rowe, Esq. 2. A translation of the Muscipula; 3. The Oak and the Briar, a Tale. — It may be worth Mr. Dodsley's attention, in reprinting his excellent Collection, to adopt the copy of The Female Reign which appeared in Gent. Mag. 1753, p. 282, with alterations by Dr. Watts, who thought it "the truest and best Pindaric he had ever read."