1720 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Gay

Giles Jacob, in Historical Account of the Lives and Writings of our most considerable English Poets (1720) 60-62.



To this Gentleman we are obliged for the following Poems, viz.

I. The Shepherd's WEEK, in six Pastorals. I. The Squabble; 2, The Ditty; 3. The Dumps; 4. The Spell; 5. The Dirge; 6. The Flights.
II. The Fan. A Poem, in Three Books.
III. PANTHEA. A Poem.
IV. ARAMINTA. A Town Eclogue.
V. Rural Sports. A Poem inscribed to Mr. Pope.
VI. A Journey to Exeter.
VII. A Letter to a Lady, on the Arrival of the Prince of Wales.
VIII. TRIVIA; Or, The Art of walking the Streets of London. The Episode of the Invention of Pattens, is very entertaining, viz. [quotation omitted].

Besides these Poems, Mr. Gay has given us a Celebrated Ballad called Sweet WILLIAM'S Farewel to Black-ey'd Susan, and likewise Translated the Story of Arachne, &c. from OVID'S Metamorphoses. For his Dramatic Pieces, See the Poetical Register, pag. 114.