1776 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Philips

John Nichols, Note in Original Works of William King (1776) 3:185n.



John Philips, born Dec. 30, 1676, was educated at Christ Church, Oxford. The first poem which distinguished him was his "Splendid Shilling," which the author of the Tatler styles "the finest burlesque poem in the English language." His next was "Blenheim." The third, "Upon Cyder," founded upon the model of the Georgics, is a very excellent piece in its kind, and has been translated into Italian by a Florentine nobleman. A Latin Ode to Mr. St. John, which is also a master-piece, completes his works. He died at Hereford, Feb. 16, 1708. He was one of those few poets whose Muse and manners were excellent and amiable; and both were so in a very eminent degree.