1675 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Lane

Edward Phillips, in Theatrum Poetarum (1675) 2:111-12.



John Lane, a fine old Queen Elizabeth Gentleman, who was living within my remembrance, and whose several Poems, had they not had the ill fate to remain unpublist, when much better meriting then many that are in print, might possibly have gain'd him a name not much inferiour, if not equal to Drayton, and others of the next rank to Spencer; but they are all to be produc't in Manuscript, namely his Poetical Vision, his Alarm to the Poets, his Twelve Months, his Guy of Warwick, a Heroic Poem (at least as much as many other that are so Entltled) and lastly his Supplement to Chaucer's Squire's Tale.