1662 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Randolph

Thomas Fuller, in History of the Worthies of England (1662) 2:291.



THOMAS RANDOLPH born at Houghton in this County [Northamptonshire], was first bred in Westminster-school, then Fellow in Trinity-colledge in Cambridge. The Muses may seem not onely to have smiled, but to have been tickled at his nativity, such the festivity of his Poems of all sorts. But my declining age being superannuated, to meddle with such ludicrous matters, consigneth the censure and commendation of his Poems (as also of his Country-man Peter Haulsted, born at Oundle in this County,) to younger Pens, for whom it is most proper. Master Randolph died Anno Domini 163-.