1690 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Dr. Thomas Lodge

Anthony Wood, Athenae Oxonienses (1690-91; 1721) 1:498.



THOMAS LODGE was descended from those of his Name living in Lincolnshire, but whether born there, I cannot tell, made his first entry into this University about 1573, and was afterwards Servitour or Scholar under the learned and virtuous Mr. Edward Hobye of Trinity Coll. where making early advances, his ingenuity began at first to be observed by several of his Compositions in Poetry. After he had taken on Degree in Arts, and had spent some time in exercising his fancy among the Poets in the great City, he was esteemed, (not Jos. Hall of Emanuel Coll. in Cambridge excepted) the best for Satyr among English Men. At length his Mind growing more serious, he studied Physic, for the improvement of which he travelled beyond the Seas, took the Degree of Dr. of that Faculty at Avignon, returned and was incorporated in the University in the latter end of Qu. Elizabeth. Afterwards settling in London he practised it, became much frequented for his success in it, especially by the R. Catholics (of which number he was by many suspected to be one) and was as much cried up to his last for Physic, as he was in his younger days for his poetical Fancy. He hath written,

Alarum against Usurers, containing tried experiences against worldly abuses. Lond. 1584, qu.

History of Forbonius and Prisaeria, with Truth's Complaint over England — printed with the Alarum.

Euphues Golden Legacy found after his Death in his Cell at Silexedra, bequeathed to Philautus's Sons, nursed up with their Father in England. Lond. 1590, &c. qu.

The Wounds of a Civil War, lively set forth in the true Tragedies of Marius and Sylla. Lond. 1594, qu.

A Fig for Momus — Pr. in qu.

Looking-glass for London: An Historical Comedy. Lond. 1598, qu. In the composure of which he had the assistance of Robert Green, M. A. of Cambridge.

Liberality and Prodigality, a Comedy.

Lady Allimony, Com.

Luminalia, a Mask.

Laws of Nature, Com. (Assisted also in these by the said Rob. Green, who is accounted the half Author of them.)

Treatise of the Plague, containing the Nature, Signs, and Accidents of the same, &c. Lond. 1603. qu.

Countess of Lincol. Nursery. Oxon. 1622, in 2 or 3 sh. in qu.

Treatise in defence of Plays. — This I have not yet seen, nor his Pastoral Songs and Madrigals, besides several other things which are as it were lost to the generality of Scholars. He also translated into English (1.) Josephus's History or Antiquities of the Jews. Lond. 1602, 09, &c. fol. (2.) The Works both moral and natural of Luc. An. Seneca. Lond. 1614, 20. fol. &c. This eminent Doctor who practised his Faculty in Warwick Lane in the beginning of K. Jam. I. and afterwards on Lambert-hill, removed thence a little before his last End into the Parish of S. Mary Magd. in Old Fishstreet, London, where he made his last Exit (of the Plague, I think) in September, in sixteen hundred twenty five, leaving then behind him a Widow called Joan, but where buried, unless in the Church or Yard there, I know not. His Memory is celebrated by several Poets, whose Encomiums of him being frequent, I shall for brevity sake pass them now by and proceed to the next who had a Name among those of his Persuasion for an eminent Theologist [Henry Holland].