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THE LIFE OF
GILBERT WEST. In the life of a worthy man society becomes interested. It is therefore to be regretted that but few parti·culars are known concerning Gilbert West, the Author of the following Poems.
When or where he was born has not been said; but he was son of the Rev. Dr. West, by a sister of Sir Richard Temple, afterwards Lord Cobham. He was first fent to Eaton, and next to Oxford. Whether his father ever designed him for the church, as has been alleged, is uncertain; but it is known that his first appearance on the publick theatre was in the military line, by virtue of a commiffion in a regiment of dragoons procured him by his uncle. In this service hc spent some time, but refigning his conmiffion he entered into the business of civil life under Lord Townfhend, who procured him the office of Clerk-extraordinary to the Privy-council, a nomination which though it placed him in a state of expe&ation brought with it no immediate emoluments. He lived however to enjoy one ofthe more lucrative Clerkships of the Privy-council, and Mr. Pitt, his intimate friend, finally infalled him in the office of Treasurer to Chelsea Hospital.
He refided at Wickham in Kent, where he devoted his leisure time to the improvement of his own mind
and the exercises of piety. It was here that he was frequently visited by Lyttelton and Pitt, who found in his literary conversation a folacement for their political debates and intrigues. About the 1775 his only fon died, and on the 26th March thereafter the father resigned his life.
Besides the original poems in this volume Mr. West was author of a treatise on the Resurrection, generally known and admired, published in 1747, for which the Universityof Oxford created him a Doctor of Laws 30th March 1748. It is believed that this work, together with Mr. West's pious conversation, paved the
way for Lyttelton's Observations on the Converfion of St. Paul," a treatise,” says Dr. Johnson, to " which Infidelity has never been able to fabricate a “ specious answer.”
Mr. West's translations, viz. his Pindarick Odes, &c. make no part of this volume, which consists of originals, but these will appear in a separate publication under thegeneral title of Translations, including in it the chief poems of the Greek and Roman writers.
A CANTO, IN IMITATION OF SPENSER.
Archimage tempts the Redcross knight
ISE was that Spartan lawgiver of old
Yet would Corruption foon have entrance found, 19
† Rival, or one to compare with her.
But gazing on her with an awful eye
VIII. Forthy | false Archimago, traytor vile! Who burnt 'gainst Fairyland with ceaseless ire, 65 'Gan cast with foreign pleasures to beguile Her faithful knight, and quench the heav'nly fire
* Moreover, besides. † Allault. I Therefore.