1802 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Smith

Joseph Ritson, Bibliographia Poetica (1802) 336.



WILLIAM SMITH wrote Chloris, or the complaint of the passionate despised shepheard: printed by Edmund Bollifont, 1596, 4to. and inscribe'd "To the most excellent and learned shepheard Collin Cloute," (i.e. Spenser) whom he calls "the patron of his maiden verse." One poem, intitle'd "A notable description of the world," with the signature "W. S. gentleman," suppose'd to be those of the same person, is inserted in The phoenix-nest, 1595, and another in Englands Helicon, 1600. According to Warton, "A booke called Amours by J. (or G.) D. with certain other sonnetts by W. S." is enter'd to Eleazar Edgar, 1599: and the same initials are subscribe'd to a copy of verses prefix'd to the tragedy of Locrine, 1595; and to Bretons Wil of wit, 1606. Prefix'd to Granges Golden aphroditis, 1577, is a copy of verses intitle'd "W. S. in commendation of the aucthor."