1807 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Christopher Pitt

Robert Southey, in Specimens of the Later English Poets (1807) 104.



The translator of the Aeneid, he completed a version of Lucan while a school boy at Winchester. It may be amusing to readers who have leisure, to compare the work of Dryden with that of Pitt, but they will do well to take the comparison which Dr. Johnson has already made along with them. Pitt was distinguished in his youth by the friendship of several eminent literary characters, who could also estimate his worth as a man. On his tombstone we are told that he lived innocent and died beloved. He was Rector of Pimpern near Blandford in Dorsetshire.