He was, apparently, the son of Roger Lewis of Llanddewi Efelffre (Velfrey), Pembrokeshire, who matriculated from Jesus College, Oxford, on 4 January 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 died 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.
Published date: 1959
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