1691 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Cyril Tourneur

Gerard Langbaine, in Account of the English Dramatick Poets (1691) 505-06.



This Author liv'd in the Reign of King James the First, and published Two Tragedies; viz.

Atheist's Tragedy: Of the Date of this Play, or to whom dedicated, I can give no Account, the Title-page and Epistle, (if there were any) of my Copy being lost. The Plot of Levidulcia, her Conveying Sebastian and Fresco out of her Chamber, when she was surpris'd by her Husband Belleforrest's Coming, is borrow'd from Boccace, Day the 7. Nov. the 6.

Revenger's Tragedy, sundry times acted by the King's Majesties Servants; and printed 4to.

Of these two Plays, Mr. Winstanley quotes a Distich, I know not from what Author, as follows.

His Fame unto that pitch so only rais'd,
As not to be despis'd, nor too much prais'd.