1787 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Richard Niccols

Henry Headley, in Select Beauties of Ancient English Poetry (1787) 1:lx.



Richard Niccols, a poet of great elegance and imagination, one of the ornaments of the reign of Elizabeth. The most material of his works are his Additions to The Mirror for Magistrates, a book most popular in its time, suggested by Boccace, De Casibus Principum, containing a series of pieces by Sackville, Baldwyne, Perrers, Churchyard, Phayer, Higgins, Drayton. It was ultimately completed, and its contents new-arranged, by Niccols, whose Supplement to the edition of 1610 has the following title: A Winter Night's Vision: being an Addition of such Princes, especially famous, who were exempted in the former Historie. By Richard Niccols, Oxon, Mag. Hall, &c, &c. To this likewise is improperly subjoined England's Eliza: or, the victorious and triumphant Reigne of that Virgin Empresse, of sacred Memorie, Elizabeth, Queene of England, France, and Ireland, &c. &c. His other writings are, The Cuckow, a Poem, London. 1607, dedicated to Mr. afterwards Sir Thomas Wroth; — Monodia: or, Waltham's Complaint upon the Death of the most vertuous and noble Lady, late deceased, the Lady Honor Hay, London. 1615. — Our author was born of a good family in London; and at 18 years of age, anno 1602, was entered at Magdalen College, Oxford. Here he staid but a short time; retiring to Magdalen Hall, he took a bachelor's degree in 1606. After remaining here some years, and being esteemed among the most ingenious men of his day, according to Wood, he quitted Oxford, and lived in London, where he abtained an employment suitable to his faculty. What this employment was, we are left to conjecture.