1812 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Jabez Hughes

Alexander Chalmers, in General Biographical Dictionary (1812-17) 18:297-98.



JABEZ HUGHES, was the younger brother of Mr. John Hughes, and, like him, a votary of the Muses, and an excellent scholar. He was born in 1685. He published, in 1714, in 8vo, a translation of The Rape of Proserpine, from Claudian, and The Story of Sextus and Erictho, from Lucan's Pharsalia, book vi. These translations, with notes, were reprinted in 1723, 12mo. He also published, in 1717, a translation of Suetonius's Lives of the Twelve Caesars, and translated several Novels from the Spanish of Cervantes, which are inserted in the Select Collection of Novels and Histories, printed for Watts, 1729. He died Jan. 17, 1731. A posthumous volume of his Miscellanies in Verse and Prose was published in 1737. His widow accompanied the lady of governor Byng to Barbadoes, and died there in 1740.