1720 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Dr. George Sewell

Giles Jacob, in Historical Account of the Lives and Writings of our most considerable English Poets (1720) 177-78, 328.



An ingenious Gentleman now living. He is the eldest Son of Mr. John Sewel, Treasurer and Chapter-Clerk of the College of Windsor, where our Poet was born. He was educated at Eaton School, and afterwards sent to the University of Cambridge, and at Peter-House College he took the Degree of Bachelor of Physick. Coming to London, he has Practis'd as a Physician some years; but his Inclinations running strong for Poetry, he has given the World several Performances very much applauded. He is a Man of Wit, Learning, and good Judgment; and besides his excellent Tragedy of Sir Walter Raleigh, his Poems are the following (viz.)

I. To his Grace the Duke of Marlborough, upon his going into Germany, Anno 1712. This Poem begins thus:

Go, mighty Prince, and those great Nations see,
Which thy victorious Arms before made free;
View that fam'd Column, where thy Name engrav'd,
Shall tell their Children who their Empire sav'd.
Point out that Marble, where thy Worth is shown
To every grateful Country, but thy own.

II. Upon his Majesty's Accession, inscrib'd to his Grace the Duke of Marlborough. III. Verse to her Royal Highness the Princess, on the Death of the young Prince. IV. A Description of the Field of Battel, after Caesar was Conqueror at Pharsalia. From the seventh book of Lucan. V. Translations from Lucan, occasion'd by the Tragedy of Cato. VI. The fifth Elegy of the first Book of Catullus. To Delia. VII. An Apology for loving a Widow. VIII. The fifth Psalm paraphras'd. IX. A Letter to Mr. Thornhill, written from Hampstead. X. Upon Mr. Addison's Cato. XI. An Epistle to Mr. Addison, on the Death of the Earl of Halifax. This is an excellent Poem; it begins,

And shall Great Halifax resign to Fate,
And not one Bard upon his Ashes wait?
Or is with him all Inspiration fled,
And lie the Muses with their Patron dead?
Convince us, Addison, his Spirit reigns,
Breathing again in thy immortal Strains:
To thee the list'ning World impartial bends,
Since Halifax and Envy now are Friends.

XII. Cupid's Proclamation: A Poem.

This Gentleman assisted Mr. Rowe in his Translation of Callipaedia; and he was one of the Translators of Mr. Addison's Latin Poems....

Omitted in the Account of this Gentleman, a Miscellany of Poems, viz. On Conscience; Beauty; The Force of Musick; Song of Troilus, &c. Dedicated to the Duke of Newcastle.