1719 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. John Marston

Giles Jacob, in Poetical Register: or the Lives and Characters of the English Dramatick Poets (1719) 173-74.



A Poet in the Reign of King James I, who wrote several Plays, which were very well approv'd, viz.

I. ANTONIO and MELIDA, an Historical Play.

II. ANTONIO'S Revenge, or The Second Part of Antonio and Melida; a Tragedy. Both acted by the Children of St. Paul's, 1602.

III. The Insatiate Countess; a Tragedy, acted in the White-Fryars, 1603. The Plot of this Play is taken from Montius Hist. of Naples. See likewise Dr. Fuller's Prophane State, God's Revenge against Adultery, &c.

IV. The Malcontent; a Tragi-Comedy, 1604. Dedicated to Ben Johnson. The first Plan of this Play was drawn by Mr. Webster.

V. The Dutch Courtesan; a Comedy, acted by the Children of the Queen's Revels, 1605. Part of this Play is borrow'd from a French Book, entitled, Contes du Monde, and from an English Book of Novels, call'd, The Palace of Pleasure.

VI. Parasitaster, or The Fawn; a Comedy, acted by the Children of the Queen's Revels, 1606. The Plot of Dulcimel is taken from Boccace's Novels, Day 3, Nov. 3.

VII. SOPHONISBA, or The Wonder of Women; a Tragedy, acted at the Black-Fryars. The Plot from Sir Walter Raleigh, Polybius, Appian, Livy's Hist. &c.

VIII. What you will; a Comedy. The Plot of this Play was taken from Plautus's Amphitrion. This Mr. Langbain says is one of the Author's best Plays. These two last mention'd, and Four others, were publish'd together in one Volume, 1633.