1690 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Richard Niccols

Anthony Wood, Athenae Oxonienses (1690-91; 1721) 1:402-03.



RICHARD NICCOLS, esteemed eminent for his Poetry in his time, was born of genteel Parents in London, and at eighteen Years of Age, an. 1602, was entred a Student in Mag. Coll. in Michaelmas Term, but making little stay there he retired to Mag. Hall, and took the Degree of Bach. of Arts in 1606, being then numbred among the ingenious Persons of the University. After he had remained there for some time, he retired to the great City, obtained an Employment suitable to his Faculty, and at length honoured the Devotee's to Poetry with these things following,

The Cuckow, a Poem. Lond. 1607 in qu. Dedicated to Mr. (after Sir) Thom. Wroth a favourer of his Muse.

The Fall of Princes. Lond. 1610. qu.

A Winter Night's Vision. Lond. 1610 qu. being an addition of such Princes, especially famous, who were exempted in the former History, meaning in the History called The Mirror of Magistrates, written in Verse by John Higens of Winceham, an. 1586, qu. This Mirror, which was esteemed the best piece of Poetry of those Times, (if Albion's England, which was by some preferred, did not stand in the way) contained the lives of some of out Kings and Queens, and was exceedingly admired by ingenious Scholars and others, and was now the third time published by this Ric. Nicchols 1610, where, after his Epistle to the Reader, follows his Induction in Verse, and then the Lives of certain Princes, with their Pictures wrought from wooden Cuts: The (1.) is King Arthur. (2.) Edmund Ironside, &c. the last Richard III. written with Arguments before each, all in Verse. To them is added, England's Elizabeth, or the glorious and triumphant Reign of that Virgin Empress of sacred Memory Elizabeth Queen of England, written by this Author.

Monodia, or Waltham's complaint upon the Death of the most virtuous and noble Lady, late deceased, the Lady Honor Hay. Lond. 1615, oct. I find another Rich. Niccolls who is stiled the Elder, and of the Inner Temple, Gent, who wrote (1.) A Treatise setting forth the Mystery of our Salvation. (2.) A day Star for dark wandring Souls: shewing the light by a Christian Controversy. Both which were published after the Author's Death at Lond. 1613, in oct. But whether this R. Niccols the Elder, was ever of the University, I find not as yet.