1812 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Samuel Cobb

Alexander Chalmers, in General Biographical Dictionary (1812-17) 9:494.



SAMUEL COBB, an ingenious poet, and a man of taste, wit, and learning, was master of the grammar-school of Christ's hospital, where he was himself educated. He took the degree of B.A. in 1698 and of M.A. in 1702, in Trinity-college, Cambridge. He died at London, in 1713, in the prime of life, and was buried in the cloisters of Christ's hospital. Jacob says that his Observations on Virgil shew that he was well acquainted with that poet. He published in 1707, A Collection of Poems on several occasions, &c. to which is prefaced a Discourse on Criticism, and the Liberty of Writing, by way of letter to a friend. He translated the third, and part of the fourth book of Rowe's edition of the Callipaedia, and assisted Ozell in the translation of Boileau's Lutrin. His other known productions are, 1. The Miller's Tale, from Chaucer. 2. A translation of the Muscipula. 3. The Oak and the Briar, a tale. His excellent ode, The Female Reign, was printed in Dodsley's Collection, and afterwards in the Gent. Mag. 1753, with alterations by Dr. Watts, who thought it "the truest and best Pindaric he had ever read," an opinion in which we find Dr. Warton coinciding, in one of his notes on Pope's works.