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Thomas Tickell

(1686 - 1740 / England)

Biography of Thomas Tickell

Thomas Tickell poet

Thomas Tickell, son of Rev. Richard Tickell, was born in 1686 in Cumberland, England. He was educated at Queen's College, Oxford where he earned a Master of Arts degree. In 1710 he was made a Fellow. He held this Fellowship until 1726, when he left to get married in Dublin. He and his wife Clotilda had four children and resided in Dublin for the remainder of their lives.

A good friend of Addison's, Tickell also produced numerous poems during his career and regularly contributed verse to the Spectator. He also worked as a translator. Notably, his translation of the first book of Iliad appeared simultaneously with the Pope's in 1715.

Tickell was very much interested in public affairs and his poems include The Prospect of Peace. Written at a time of negotiation between Britain and France, it's message was one of enjoying the pleasures of peace rather than the pride of conquest. He later went on to serve as Secretary to the Lords Justices of Ireland, an honour which he held until 1740.

Tickell died on 23rd April 1740.

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Lucy and Colin

Of Leinster, fam'd for maidens fair,
Bright Lucy was the grace;
Nor e'er did Liffy's limpid stream
Reflect so fair a face,

Till luckless love and pining care
Impair'd her rosy hue,
Her coral lip, and damask cheek,
And eyes of glossy blue.

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