1772 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Christopher Pitt

John Duncombe, in Letters of Eminent Persons (1772; 1773) 2:12n.



This amiable poet (who was educated at Winchester-School, and was afterwards fellow of New-college, Oxford,) was that this time [1728] rector of the parish from whence he dates, near Blandford in Dorsetshire, to which he was presented by his relation, George Pitt, esq; and which he held during the remainder of his life. His translations of the Poetics of Vida, and the Aeneid of Virgil, have established his fame, and his Imitations of Horace have been thought, by many good judges, not inferior to Pope's. A volume of his miscellaneous poems was published in 1727. He died in 1748. On his tomb-stone were engraved these words: "He lived innocent, and died beloved."