1819 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Francis Fawkes

Thomas Campbell, in Specimens of the British Poets (1819; 1845) 544.



FRANCIS FAWKES made translations from some of the minor poets (viz. Anacreon, Sappho, Bion, and Moschus, Musaeus, Theocritus, and Apollonius,) and modernized the description of May and Winter, from Gavin Douglas. He was born in Yorkshire, studied at Cambridge, was curate of Croydon, in Surrey, where he obtained the friendship of Archbishop Herring, and by him was collated to the vicarage of Orpington, in Kent. By the favour of Dr. Plumptre, he exchanged this vicarage for the rectory of Hayes, and was finally made chaplain to the Princess of Wales. He was the friend of Johnson, and Warton, a learned and jovial parson.