1802 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Richard Barnfield

Joseph Ritson, Bibliographia Poetica (1802) 124-25.



RICHARD BARNEFIELDE wrote The affectionate shepherd [sonnets], 1596, 16mo. also Cynthia, and The legend of Cassandra, printed in 1595, for H. Lownes: The encomium of lady Pecunia; or the praise of money, by Richard Barnfield, graduate in Oxford: The complaint of Poetrie for the death of Liberalitie: The combat betweene Conscience and Covetousness, in the minde of man: and poems in divers humours: were published in 1598, 4to. He is, likewise, suppose'd to be the "R. B. gent." who publish'd Greens funerals in xiv sonnets, London, 1604, 4to. but of which there was probablely an earlyer edition. In Englands Helicon, 1600, are two poems by this authour, intitl'd "The sheepheards ode," and "The sheepheards sonnet." The "shepheards ode," had appear'd with Cynthia, in 1595: and among the sonnets subjoin'd to Shakspeares Passionate pilgrims, 1599. See B. R.