1806 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Samuel Say

Peter L. Courtier, in Lyre of Love (1806) 1:153.



The Rev. Samuel Say, son of an ejected Minister, and born about the year 1675, was educated at the Dissenters' Academy in London, then superintended by Mr. T. Rowe, where he experienced the gratification of being contemporary with Watts, and other distinguished sectarists. Some time Pastor of a Congregation at Ipswich, he afterwards succeeded Dr. Calamy in the Meeting latterly under the care of Dr. Kippis. He died April 12, 1743. Two years after his death, his poems appeared in one quarto volume, published by subscription. He left an only daughter, since married to Mr. Toms, a dissenting teacher. As a poet, Say has displayed no inconsiderable powers, particularly in those effusions in which he was inspired by the admiration of beauty, and the impulse of love.