1819 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Richard Niccols

Thomas Campbell, in Specimens of the British Poets (1819; 1845) 140.



The plan for the Mirror of Magistrates, begun by Ferrers and Sackville, was followed up by Churchyard, Phayer, Higgins, Drayton, and many others. The last contributor of any note was Niccols, in 1610, in his Winter Night's Vision. Niccols was the author of the Cuckow, written in imitation of Drayton's Owl, and several poems of temporary popularity, and of a drama, entitled The Twynne's Tragedy. He was a Londoner, and having studied (says Wood) at Oxford, obtained some employment worthy of his faculties; but of what kind, we are left to be conjecture.