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LEWIS , DAVID ( 1683? - 1760 ), a Welsh -born poet in England .

He was, apparently, the son of Roger Lewis of Llanddewi Efelffre (Velfrey), Pembs. , who matriculated from Jesus College , Oxford , on 4 Jan. 1698 at the age of 16, and graduated B.A. there in 1702 . He may have been for a period an usher at Westminster school . In 1726 he published a collection, Miscellaneous Poems by Several Hands , containing translations from Martial , Horace , and Anacreon , and poems by Dyer and Pope ; Lewis 's own share in the collection cannot, unfortunately, be identified. In 1726 he published Philip of Macedon , a tragedy in blank verse, which was dedicated to Alexander Pope . First acted at Lincoln's Inn Fields in 1727 it was repeated three times. In 1730 he brought out a second Collection of Miscellany Poems , which was dedicated to the earl of Shaftesbury . Some stanzas addressed by Lewis to Pope were published in A Collection of Pieces on the Occasion of the Dunciad (ed. Savage , 1732 ). He d. at Low Leyton , Essex , in April 1760 , and was buried there. According to the inscription on his tomb his wife was the daughter of a Leyton merchant .

Sources:

  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

Author:

Ray Looker, (Mrs Ray Morgan), Cardiff / Rhymni

Published date: 1959