1802 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir George Buc

Joseph Ritson, Bibliographia Poetica (1802) 146-47.



SIR GEORGE BUC, master of the revels, knighted in 1603, wrote Daphnis polustephanos. An eclog treating of crownes, and of garlandes, and to whom of right they appertaine. Addressed and consecrated to the kings majestie. 1605. 4to. containing 56 stanzas, with a "L'envoy au roy, and a "hymne inauguratory for his majestie." The great Plantagenet, or a continued succession of that royall name, from Henry the second, to our sacred soveraigne K. Charles, by Geo. Buck gent. 1635, appears to be a reprint of the former, with very considerable alternations, by some fellow who assume'd his name. This genealogical poem is constructed in the form of "An eclog between Damaetus a woodman, and Silenus a prophet of the shepheards." Notwithstanding the opinion of mister Malone, there can be no doubt that sir George Buc was the real author of The history of the life and reign of Richard the third, publish'd, and say'd, in the title, to be "composed, by Geo. Bucke esquire," in 1646: his original manuscript (though much injure'd by fire) being still preserv'd (see Smiths catalogue of the Cotton library, p. 32): also of "A quatorzain, in the commendation of master Thomas Watson, and of his mistres, for whom he wrote 'his' booke of passionat sonnetes," prefix'd to the sayd book, and subscribe'd "G. Bucke." He dye'd in 1623.