ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Watson

(1556 ca.-1592)


Thomas Watson was born in London and educated at Westminster, Oxford, and at the Inns of Court. He travelled on the Continent in 1581; in 1589 he was imprisoned for murder but was able to plead self-defense. Spenser praises him in Colin Clouts Come Home Againe as "the noblest swaine, | That ever piped in an oaten quill"; he was also an acquaintance of Richard Barnfield, the Spenserian poet. Watson translated Tasso's Amintas into Latin. The last two years of his life were spent as tutor to William Cornwallis. Poems by Watson appear in the Phoenix Nest, England's Helicon, and in Davison's Poetical Rapsodie.




TEXT RECORDS:

1590An Eglogue upon the Death of Sir Francis Walsingham.
1593Sonnet 51. ["Each tree did boast the wished spring times pride."]

PUBLICATIONS:

Sophoclis Antigone intreprete. 1581.
Hecatompathia: or passionate centurie of love. 1582.
Amyntas. 1585.
Compendium memoriae localis. 1585?
Coluthi Thebani Helenae raptus Latinus paraphraste. 1586.
A gratification unto John Case for his booke in praise of musicke. 1586?
Meliboeus: sive ecloga in obitum Francisci Walsinghami. 1590.
An eglogue upon the death of Sir Francis Walsingham. 1590.
The first sett of Italian madrigalls englished. 1590.
The countesse of Pembrokes Ivychurch [with Abraham Fraunce]. 1591.
A dialogue of Bernard Palessy concerning waters and fountains translated. MS.
Amintae gaudia. 1592.
Poems, ed. E. Arber. 1870.