ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Matthew Roydon

(1550 ca.-1622)


Little is known of Matthew Roydon, possibly the son of Owen Roydon who was educated at Oxford. He knew Spenser and Sir Philip Sidney, was associated with Sir Walter Raleigh, and later was in the service of Robert Radcliffe. In a commendatory poem Roydon describes himself as a fellow student of Humphrey Gilbert (1539?-1583), Raleigh's step-brother who was educated at Eton and Oxford. In old age he appealed for charity to Edward Alleyn, who gave him small gifts in 1618 and 1622.


TEXT RECORDS:

1595An Elegy; or, Friend's Passion for his Astrophel.

PUBLICATIONS:

A gorgious gallery of Gallant Inventions [with Thomas Proctor]. 1578.