1719 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir William Cavendish

Giles Jacob, in Poetical Register: or the Lives and Characters of the English Dramatick Poets (1719) 190.



This Nobleman descended from the Illustrious and ancient Family of the Cavendishes; was a zealous Follower of the Royal Cause, which occasion'd his Exile with King Charles II. He was not only a Poet, but a Person of the greatest Loyalty, a Man of Bravery, a compleat Statesman, and his generous Encouragement of Poetry render'd him the Mecaenas of the Age wherein he liv'd. He writ Four Plays.

I. The Country Captain; a Comedy, acted by his Majesty's Servants in the Black-Fryars, 1649. The Play was suppos'd to be writ during his Grace's Exile.

II. The Exile; a Comedy, acted in the Black-Fryars, 1649. These Plays were acted with great Applause.

III. The Triumphant Widow, or The Medley of Humours; a Comedy, acted by the Duke of York's Servants, 1677. Mr. Shadwell had so good an Opinion of this Play, that he borrow'd a great part of it in his Bury-Fair.

IV. The Humorous Lovers; a Comedy, acted by the Duke's Servants, 1677.