1809 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Richard Jago

Nathan Drake, in Essays Illustrative of the Rambler (1809-10) 2:164-65.



Mr. Jago finished his education at University College, Oxford, and there took his degree of Master of Arts on July the 9th, 1739. He was Vicar, for some time, of Hanbury in Warwickshire, afterwards of Switterfield in the same country, and lastly rector of Kimcote, in Leicestershire. Several poems in the fourth and fifth volumes of Dodsley's Collection are of his composition. He was also the author of "Labour and Genius," a poem, published anonymously in 1768, and of "Edge-Hill," a descriptive poem in blank verse. He died the 28th of May, 1781, and his poetry was soon after collected and published in an octavo volume by Mr. Hilton. The "Elegy on a Blackbird" is a beautiful and pathetic effusion, and the best of his productions.