Christopher Pitt

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Christopher Pitt (16991748) was a British poet and translator.His translations to English include Virgil's Aeneid and Vida's Art of Poetry.

Pitt was educated at Winchester College, leaving in 1719 to study at New College, Oxford. He was also Rector of Pimperne, near Blandford Forum in Dorsetshire, a post given him by a relation, George Pitt, a post which he held for the rest of his life. Pitts translations of the Aeneid and Vida's Art of Poetry established his name, while his Imitations of Horace has been compared to that by Alexander Pope. In 1727 his work miscellaneous poems was published. Pitts died in 1748. On his tombstone at Blandford Forum is the inscription:<blockquote>In memory ofCHR. PITT, Clerk, M. A.

Very eminentfor his talents in poetry,

and yet more

for the univcrfal eandour of

his mind, and the primitive

fimplicity of hi» manners.

He lived innocent,

and died beloved

Apr. 13. 1748.

aged 48.

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