1720 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Tickell

Giles Jacob, in Historical Account of the Lives and Writings of our most considerable English Poets (1720) 212.



A Gentleman of Merit, now living. He is Son to the late Reverend Mr. Richard Tickell, a Clergyman well preferr'd in the North of England. He was educated at Queen's-College, Oxford, of which he is at this time Fellow; and from thence he wrote an excellent Copy of Verses to Mr. Addison, upon his Rosamond an Opera, which first made him known to the World, and recommended him to the Favour of that Gentleman. On Mr. Addison's Promotion to be Secretary of State, he appointed him Under-Secretary, which Place he now enjoys under the Right Honourable Mr. Secretary Craggs. He has oblig'd the Publick with several fine Poems and Translations.

I. To his Excellency the Lord Privy Seal, on the Prospect of Peace. This Poem has had six editions.

II. An Imitation of the Prophecy of Nereus. This Piece found likewise very good Success.

III. On an Original Painting of King Charles I. taken at the time of his Trial.

IV. A Fragment of a Poem on Hunting.

V. A Description of the Phoenix: Translated from Claudian.

In utmost Ocean lies a lovely Isle,
Where Spring still blooms, and Greens for ever smile;
In these soft Shades, unprest by human Feet,
The happy Phoenix keeps his balmy Seat
Far from the World—

These three Performances last mention'd are publish'd in the Miscellanies, as also some other small Copies of Verses, written by this Author.

VI. An Epistle from a Lady in England to a Gentleman at Avignon. This Poem has sold five Editions.

VII. An Ode to the Lord Stanhope, on his going to France to make Proposals of Peace with Spain. This has had two Editions.

VIII. Part of the fourth Book of Lucan translated. This Piece is inserted in the Miscellanies.

IX. The first Iliad of Homer translated. This Translation, and that Mr. Pope were made publick at the same time, and both their Performances are extremely well done. It could be wish'd that this Gentleman would translate his Odysses, pursuant to his Intentions mention'd in his Preface.