1662 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Churchyard

Thomas Fuller, in History of the Worthies of England (1662) 3:9.



THOMAS CHURCHYARD was born in the Town of Shrewsbury, as himself doth affirm in his Book made in Verse of the Worthines of Wales, taking Shropshire within the compass; making (to use his own expression) Wales the Park, and the Marches to be the Pale thereof. Though some conceive him to be as much beneath a Poet as above a Rhimer, in my opinion his Verses may go abreast with any of that age, writing in the beginning of Queen Elizabeth. It seems by this his Epitaph in Mr. Camden's Remains, that he died not guilty of much Wealth:

Come, Alecto lend be thy Torch,
To find a Church-yard in a Church-porch:
Poverty and Poetry his Tomb doth enclose,
Wherefore good neighbours be merry in Prose.