1781 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Richard Jago

Anonymous, Obituary in Gentleman's Magazine 51 (May 1781) 242.



April 8. At Snitterfield, Warwicksh. the rev. Rich. Jago, M.A. vicar of that place, and rector of Kimcote, Leicestershire. Mr. Jago was author of "Edge-Hill," a poem, 1767, 4to.; of "The Blackbirds," a beautiful elegy in the Adventurer (see Dr. Johnson's Life of West); and of many other ingenious performances. He was the intimate friend and correspondent of Mr. Shenstone, contemporary with him at Oxford, and it is believed his school-fellow. He wrote "Labour and Genius," a poem, 4to. 1768; took the decree of M.A. July 9, 1738; was of University College; was the author of several poems in the 4th and 5th volumes of Dodsley's Poems; and published a sermon, in 1755, on the Causes of Impenitence considered, preached May 4, 1755, at Harbury in Warwickshire, where he was then vicar, on occasion of a conversation said to have passed between one of the inhabitants and an apparition in the church yard there.