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Selected Poetry of John Philips (1676-1709)

from Representative Poetry On-line
Prepared by members of the Department of English at the University of Toronto
from 1912 to the present and published by the University of Toronto Press from 1912 to 1967.
RPO Edited by Ian Lancashire
A UTEL (University of Toronto English Library) Edition
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries
© 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto

Index to poems

Give the Debtor Wine;
His Joys are short, and few; yet when he drinks
His Dread retires, the flowing Glasses add
Courage, and Mirth: magnificent in Thought,
Imaginary Riches he enjoys,
And in the Goal expatiates unconfin'd.
        (Cyder: A Poem in Two Books, 390-395)
  1. Cyder: A Poem in Two Books (excerpt)
  2. Cyder: A Poem in Two Books
  3. The Splendid Shilling

Notes on Life and Works

Born on December 30, 1676, at Bampton, Oxfordshire, John Philips was educated at Winchester from 1691 and Christ Church, Oxford, from 1697. Of his poems, The Splendid Shilling (1701), at first published anonymously, and Cyber (1708) were the most highly regarded in his time. The first imitated Milton, and the second Virgil's Georgick. He also wrote Cerealia (1706) and a poem on the Battle of Blenheim (1705), against the Tories' poem, The Campaign, written by Joseph Addison. Philips died of tuberculosis at 33 years old on February 15, 1709, at Hereford. Edmund Smith wrote "Poem on the Death of Mr. John Philips" that year, and there is a memorial to this shy, gentle Master of Arts in Westminster.

Biographical information

Given name: John
Family name: Philips
Birth date: 30 December 1676
Death date: 15 February 1709
Nationality: English
Family relations
          father: Stephen Philips
          mother: Mary Philips
          Winchester: 1691
          Christ Church, Oxford: 1697
Literary period: Augustan
          Hereford to 1709
          Bampton, Oxfordshire: 30 December 1676
Illness: Asthma
Cause of death: Consumption
Buried at: Hereford Cathedral
First RPO edition: 1999