1720 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Thomas Newcomb

Giles Jacob, in Historical Account of the Lives and Writings of our most considerable English Poets (1720) 118-19.



This Gentleman is the Son of a worthy Clergyman now Living, in Herefordshire, and Great-Grandson, by the Descent of his Mothers side to the famous Spencer. He was educated at Corpus Christi College in Oxford, where he took the Degree of Master of Arts; And he is now Chaplain to the Duke of Richmond, and Beneficed near the Seat of that Noble Lord in Sussex. He is a Man of Wit and Learning, and an Excellent Poet. Some of the pieces written by him are,

I. Bibliotheca. A Satyrical Poem, occasioned by the sight of a Modern Library.

II. To her late Majesty Queen Anne, upon the Peace at Utrecht. This is a very good Poem.

III. An Ode to the Memory of Mr. Rowe.

IV. An Ode Sacred to the Memory of the Countess of Berkeley, which begins with this Simile.

As Roses in their early Bloom,
Their Incense Waste, and Glories hide,
And to that Morning owe their Doom,
Which promis'd to enlarge their Pride:

So lovely to our ravish'd sight,
Thy Beams, fair Nymph, all Nature chear'd;
And, opening just their infant Light,
Surpiz'd the World, and disappear'd.

To this Gentleman we are likewise Indebted for several of the Translations of Mr. Addison's Latin Poems, and Mr. Philips's Ode to Henry St. John, Esq.