Ambrose Philips was an English poet and politician.He was born in Shropshire of a Leicester shire family. He was educated at Shrews bury School and St John’s College, Cambridge, of which he became a fellow in 1699. He seems to have lived chiefly at Cambridge until he resigned his fellowship in 1708, and his pastorals were probably written in this period.
He worked for Jacob Tonson the bookseller, and his Pastorals opened the sixth volume of Tonson’s Miscellanies (1709), which also contained the pastorals of Alexander Pope. The term “namby-pamby”, meaning something that is excessively sentimental, comes from his name.