1832 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Henry James Pye

William Clarke and Robert Shelton Mackenzie, in The Georgian Era: Memoirs of the most eminent Persons who have flourished in Great Britain (1832-34) 3:562.



HENRY JAMES PYE, a lineal descendant of the sister of the illustrious Hampden, was born in London, on the 10th of February, 1745, at which time his father represented the county of Berkshire. He was educated at home, under private tutors, until the year 1762, when he was entered a gentleman commoner of Magdalen College, Oxford, when he ultimately obtained the degree of LL.D. In 1784, he was returned for Berkshire; in 1790 appointed poet laureate; and, in 1791, a police magistrate for Queen Square; which he resigned in 1811, and retired to Pinner, where he died, on the 11th of August, 1813. Mr. Pye having made himself responsible for his father's debts, amounting to nearly 20,000, ultimately became much involved. As a scholar, Mr. Pye ranked highly; and, as a poet, was respectable. In private life he was universally beloved. Among his chief works are, Alfred, an epic poem; the tragedies of Adelaide, Siege of Meaux, and The Inquisitor; Prior Claims, a comedy, in conjunction with S. J. Arnold, Esq.; Comments on the Commentators of Shakespeare; Birthday Odes; four volumes of Miscellaneous Poems; The Democrat, a novel, in two volumes; besides several Translations of Xenophon, Pindar, Horace, &c.