1812 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Richard Shepherd

Stephen Jones, in Biographia Dramatica; or, A Companion to the Playhouse (1812) 1:654.



RICHARD SHEPHERD, D.D., and F.R.S. This author is archdeacon of Bedford, and was formerly fellow of Corpus Christi College, Oxford. He took the degree of M.A. January 14, 1757, B.D. January 28, 1765, and that of D.D. since. He has written several poetical and other performances. His first publication was an Ode to Love, which appeared in 1756, and was republished under the title of The Philogamist. Soon afater this he was engaged in a controversy with the author of A Free Inquiry 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 Bampton Lecture Sermons; two single Sermons; a translation of Polyaenus's Stratagems of War; three Sermons on a Future State; and two dramatic pieces, called,

1. Hector. D.P. 4to. 1770; 8vo. 1775.
2. Bianca. Trag. 8vo. 1772. Printed at Oxford.