ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Beedome

(1614-1641 ca.)


If Mark Eccles's identification is correct, the poet is the son of Thomas Beedam, cutler of St. Bride's parish, London, who entered Merchant Taylors' School in 1631-32, and was probably the Thomas Bedum, apothecary, who married Katherine Watson in 1637. But this seems doubtful. Beedome addresses a poem to "his honoured friend Master John Donne," who died in 1631, and the number of commendatory poems in Beedome's posthumous volume edited by the dramatist Henry Glapthorne (1610-1643?) suggests higher connections.


TEXT RECORDS:

1635 ca.Encomium Poetarum ad Fratrem Galiel Scot.

PUBLICATIONS:

Poems, divine and humane. 1641.
Select poems, ed. Francis Meynell. 1928.
Poems, ed. Marcello Pagnini. 1954.