1769 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Joseph Beaumont

James Granger, in Biographical History of England (1769; 1824) 5:44-45.



Dr. Joseph Beaumont succeeded Dr. Pearson in the mastership of Jesus College, in Cambridge, in 1662; and was, within two years afterward, appointed master of Peter-house. In 1672, he was preferred to the chair of regius professor of divinity, in which he sat many years with great reputation. He was author of Psyche, or Love's Mystery, in twenty-four Cantos, displaying the Intercourse betwixt Christ and the Soul. This allegorical poem was not without its admirers in the last age. Giles Jacob calls it an "invaluable work." The second edition of it was printed in 1702. Dr. Beaumont also wrote Observations upon the Apology of Dr. Henry More, Camb. 1685; 4to. A considerable number of his poems, &c. were published in quarto, by subscription, in 1749, with the life of the author prefixed. He died in 1699, in the 84th year of his age. He is, in his epitaph in the antichapel at Peter-house, sytled "Poeta, Orator, Theologus praestantissimus; quovis nomine Haereticorum Malleus, et Veritatis Vindex."