Nahum Tate


The son of a Dublin clergyman, Nahum Tate attended Trinity College Dublin (B.A. 1672). He emigrated to London where a successful career as a dramatist culminated in his appointments as Poet Laureate and Historiographer-Royal in 1702. His success was short-lived, and Tate died in debtor's prison in 1715. He collaborated with John Dryden on Absolom and Achitophel and with Edmund Smith on a periodical, The Monitor (1713); his most enduring work was his adaptation of King Lear.


1688A Pastoral in Memory of his grace the illustrious Duke of Ormond.
1690A Pastoral Dialogue. A Poem.
1697Upon the present corrupted State of Poetry.
1701The Kentish Worthies. A Poem.


Poems. 1677, 1684.
Brutus of Alba: or the enchanted lovers. 1678.
The loyal general. 1680.
The history of King Richard the Second. 1681.
The history of King Lear. 1681.
The ingratitude of a common-wealth: or the fall of Caius Martius Coriolanus. 1682.
The second part of Absalom and Achitophel [with Dryden]. 1682.
A duke and no duke. 1685.
Cuckholds-haven: or an aldernman no conjurer. 1685.
Poems by several hands, collected by N. Tate. 1685.
On the sacred memory of our late Sovereign. 1685.
Syphilis: a poetical history of the French disease [Fracastoro, trans.] 1686.
The Island-Princess. 1687.
A pastoral in memory of the Duke of Ormond. 1688.
A poem occasioned by his Majesty's voyage to Holland. 1691.
A poem occasioned by the late discontents. 1691.
Characters of vertue and vice, attempted in Verse [from Joseph Hall]. 1691.
An ode upon her Majesty's birth-day. 1693.
A present for the ladies. 1693.
A poem on the late promotion of several eminent persons. 1694.
In memory of Joseph Washington esq: an elegy. 1694.
An ode upon the University of Dublin's foundation. 1694.
Mausolaeum: a funeral poem on our late Queen. 1695.
An elegy on the late Archbishop of Canterbury. 1695.
Miscellanea sacra: or poems on divine and moral subjects, collected by N. Tate. 1696.
A new version of the psalms of David by N. Tate and N. Brady. 1696.
The original of the soul, by Sir John Davies, ed. Tate. 1697.
The anniversary ode for his Majesty's birthday. 1698.
A consolatory poem to Lord Cutts. 1698.
Elegies. 1699.
An essay of a character of Sir G. Treby. 1700.
Funeral poems. 1700.
Panacea: a poem upon tea. 1700.
An elegy in memory of Ralph Marshall. 1700.
A congratulatory poem on the new Parliament. 1701.
The Kentish worthies: a poem. 1701.
A monumental poem in memory of Sir George Treby. 1702.
Portrait-royal: a poem upon her Majesty's picture. 1703.
A song for new-year's day. 1703.
The triumph: a poem on the glorious successes of the last year. 1705.
Britannia's prayer for the Queen. 1706.
Majestas imperii britannici. 1706.
The triumph of union. 1707.
Injur'd love, or the cruel husband: a tragedy. 1707.
A congratulatory poem to Prince George of Denmark. 1708.
The celebrated speeches of Ajax and Ulysses, essay'd in English verse by Mr Tate and Aaron Hill gent. 1708.
An essay for the promoting of psalmody. 1710.
The Muse's memorial of the Earl of Oxford. 1712.
The Muses bower. 1713.
The triumph of peace. 1713.
A poem sacred to the memory of Queen Anne. 1714.
Dido and Aeneas. 1841.