1912 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

George Ogle

D. J. O'Donoghue, in Poets of Ireland (1912) 353.



GEORGE OGLE. — THE LOVES OF HERO AND LEANDER, from the Greek of Musaeus, by Mr. Sterling, to which are added some new translations from various Greek authors, viz. Anacreon, Sappho, Julian, Theocritus, Bion, Moschus, and Homer, by ****** **** (that is, George Ogle), Dublin, 1728, 12mo; BASIA, OR THE KISSES, from Latin of Secundus; 1731, 12mo; EPISTLE OF HORACE IMITATED, 1735, 4to; THE LEGACY HUNTER, the fifth satire of second book of Horace imitated, Dublin, 1737, 12mo; ANTIQUITIES EXPLAINED, being a collection of figured gems illustrated by descriptions taken from the classics (Volume I.), London, 1737; 4to; THE MISER'S FEAST, the eighth satire of second book of Horaced imitated; 1738, fol.; THE ELEVENTH EPISTLE OF FIRST BOOK OF HORACE IMITATED, 1738, 4to; THE THIRD EPISTLE OF THE FIRST BOOK OF HORACE IMITATED, 1738, 4to; GUALTHERIUS AND GRISELDA, OR THE CLERK OF OXFORD'S TALE, from Boccace, Petrarch and Chaucer. To which are added a letter to a friend, with the clerk of Oxford's character, etc. The clerk of Oxford's prologue from Chaucer; the clerk of Oxford's conclusion from Petrarch ... a letter in Latin from Petrarch to Boccace, London, 1739, 4to; THE CANTERBURY TALES OF CHAUCER, modernised by G. O., ETC., 1741, 8vo; another edition, 1742 12mo; CAMBUSCAN, OR THE SQUIRE'S TALE OF CHAUCER, modernised by Mr. (Samuel) Boyse ... continued from Spenser's "Faery Queen," by Mr. Ogle, concluded by Mr. (James) Sterling, Dublin, 1785, 8vo.

Was the father of the succeeding writer, and the first volume in above list was dedicated to him by Sterling (see Sterling, Rev. James). In the preface to it he is termed "an ingenious young gentleman." He was a clever translator, and his rendering is likely to have influenced Moore's translation of Anacreon. John Bull for September 12, 1824, has a three-column article charging Moore with plagiarizing from some of his versions. One of his name was M.P. for Bannow in the Irish Parliament, and High Sheriff of Co. Wexford in 1737 — presumably this writer. See Moore's "Diary," vol. 4. pp. 243-244.