1876 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Gilbert West

Robert Carruthers, in Chambers's Cyclopaedia of English Literature, 3rd ed. (1876; 1879) 3:192.



GILBERT WEST (1700?-1756) translated the Odes of Pindar (1749), prefixing to the work — which is still our standard version of Pindar — a good dissertation on the Olympic games. New editions of West's Pindar were published in 1753 and 1766. He wrote several pieces of original poetry, included in Dodsley's collection. One of these, On the Abuse of Travelling, a canto in imitation of Spenser (1739) is noticed by Gray in enthusiastic terms. West was also author of a prose work, Observations on the Resurrection, for which the university of Oxford conferred on him the degree of LL.D.; and Lyttelton addressed to him his treatise on St. Paul. Pope left West a sum of £200, but payable only after the death of Martha Blount, and he did not live to receive it. By all his contemporaries, this accomplished and excellent man was warmly esteemed; and through the influence of Pitt, he enjoyed a competence in his latter days, having been appointed (1752) one of the clerks of the privy council, and under-treasurer of Chelsea Hospital.