1798 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Richard Shepherd

David Rivers, in Literary Memoirs of Living Authors (1798) 1:249.



Rev. Richard Shepherd, D.D., F.R.S., Archdeacon of Bedford, Chaplain to the Bishop of Durham, and formerly Fellow of Corpus Christi College, Oxford. A gentleman of distinguished learning and liberality of sentiment. His first publication was an excellent Ode to Love, which appeared in 1756, and was republished under the title The Philogamist. Soon after this, he was engaged in a controversy with the author of a Free Enquiry into the Nature and Origin of Evil; and twenty years after the above date, he published two octavo volumes, entitled, Miscellanies, which contained his various productions, in verse and prose, published separately during the interval. One of these, a Didactic Poem, was particularly admired on its first appearance. His subsequent publications have been The Dying Hero, a poem; an Essay on Education, in a Letter to the late Sir William Jones; a volume of Bampton Lecture Sermons on the Ground and Credibility of the Christian Religion; additional Discourses, supplementary to his Translation of Polyaenus' Strategems of War; and three Sermons on a Future State.