1699 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir William Cavendish

Charles Gildon, in Lives and Characters of the English Dramatick Poets (1699) 104.



Mr. Langbain has always, a good Word for Quality, he can see no Blemish in that Person that has a Title, tho' he is so transported on this worthy Nobleman, that he baulks the Curiosity of his Reader, for some Account of his Life, to vent a clumsy Flattery. He was of the Illustrious and Ancient Family of Cavendish, a zealous Follower of the Royal Cause, and with it exil'd; during his Aboad at Antwerp, he writ a Book of Horsemanship. He was an Encourager of Poetry, and a Poet himself. You may find his Life at large, written by his Dutchess. We have four Comedies of his in Print; as

The Country Captain, a Comedy, 8vo. 1649. It was acted at the Black-Fryars, by his Majesty's Servants, with good Applause; and usually bound up with another of his, called, The Variety.

The Humorous Lovers, a Comedy, 4to. 1677. Acted by his Royal Highness the Duke of York's Servants, with great Applause.

The Triumphant Widow; or, the Medley of Humours, a Comedy, 4to. 1677. and acted by his Royal Highness the Duke of York's Servants. This was esteem'd a good Play, and Mr. Shadwell had so good an Opinion of it, that he borrowed a great part thereof, to compleat his Comedy, call'd, Bury-Fair.

The Variety, a Comedy, 8vo. 1649. presented by his Majesty's Servants at the Black-Fryars. Tho' the Duke's Name be not to this, or The Country Captain, which is usually bound with it; yet, by Mr. Cartwright's Works, and others, we find Satisfaction enough to believe them his.