1769 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Philip Massinger

James Granger, in Biographical History of England (1769; 1824) 3:129.



Philip Massinger was a poet of great eminence in this reign. He published fourteen plays of his own writing, and had a share with Fletcher, Middleton, Rowley, and Decker, in several others. He seems by the following verses, which are part of an encomium on him by a contemporary poet, to have been a very expeditious writer.

His easy Pegasus will ramble o'er
Some three score miles of fancy in an hour.

Ob. Mar. 1639-40. A correct edition of his works, in four volumes 8vo. was published in 1761, to which was prefixed "Critical Reflections on the old English dramatic Writers," an anonymous piece, addressed to David Garrick, esq. by Mr. Colman, who has given a just encomium of the author.