1769 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Randolph

James Granger, in Biographical History of England (1769; 1824) 3:128-29.



Thomas Randolph, a celebrated poet, and one of the gayest of Ben Jonson's sons, was educated at Trinity College, in Cambridge. The most generally admired of his works, which consists of poems and plays, is his Muses' Looking-glass, reprinted in 1757, under the title of The Mirrour, in which there is a great variety of characters of the passions and vices, drawn with much truth, and interspersed with some strokes of natural humour. — The author of Remarks on the Plays of Shakspeare, subjoined to the ninth volume of his works; 12mo. Lond. 1714, says, "I would advise a comic writer to study Randolph's Muses' Looking-glass thoroughly, for there, I am apt to believe, he will find the source of all humours that are in nature." There are, perhaps, but very few that will subscribe to this author's opinion. Ob. March, 1634, Aet. 29.