1788 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir William Jones

Anonymous, in Catalogue of five hundred Celebrated Authors (1788).



One of the judges of the supreme court of judicature at Calcutta in the East Indies. In the earlier part of his life he distinguished himself equally as the friend of liberty and the muses. He wrote particularly a small Dialogue upon the principles of political liberty, for the publication of which doctor William Shipley, dean of St. Asaph, was prosecuted as a libel. Since his residence in the East Indies, he has been instrumental in instituting a society for the investigation of Oriental antiquities. He has published an Oration delivered at the commencement of this society; and several elegant poetical translations from the Asiatic languages, particularly the Moallakat, a series of Arabian poems, and a Hymn to Camdeo, the Eastern Cupid.