1812 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Abraham Fraunce

Alexander Chalmers, in General Biographical Dictionary (1812-17) 15:100.



ABRAHAM FRAUNCE, an English versifier in queen Elizabeth's time, whose works are still an object of some curiosity, was educated at the expence of sir Philip Sydney, at St. John's college, Cambridge, where he took his master's degree, and afterwards went to Gray's-Inn, where he remained till he was called to the bar of the court of the Marches in Wales. In August 1590, he was recommended by Henry earl of Pembroke, to lord treasurer Burleigh, as a man in every respect qualified for the place of her majesty's solicitor in that court, but his history cannot be traced any farther. He wrote, l. The Lamentation of Amintas for the death of Phillis, in English hexameters, London, 1587, 4to. 2. The countess of Pembroke's Ivy-church and Emanuel, in English hexameters, London, 1591. In this is included a translation of Tasso's Aminta. At the end of the Ivy-church is also a translation of Virgil's Alexis into English hexameters, verse for verse, which he calls The Lamentations of Corydon, &c. Fraunce also translated the beginning of Heliodorus's Ethiopics, Lond. 1591, 8vo. and wrote a book with the title of The Lawier's Logike, exemplifying the precepts of Logike by the practice of the Common Lawe. Of this last, as well as of his Sheapheardes Logike, a MS., an account is given in the [British] Bibliographer, and a few particulars of the author's other writings may be found in our authorities.