1691 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Edmund Waller

Gerard Langbaine, in Account of the English Dramatick Poets (1691) 507.



A Gentleman not many Years deceas'd: whose Name will ever be dear to all Lovers of the Muses. His Compositions are universally applauded; and they are thought fit to serve as a Standard, for all succeeding Poems. He was a Friend to the Ingenious Fletcher; as appears by his Verses, printed at the beginning of those Plays; and was so far a Lover of Dramatick Poetry, that he translated part of a Play, in which the Right Honourable the Earl of Dorset and Middlesex, was concerned; viz. Pompey the Great, A Tragedy acted by the Servants of His Royal Highness the Duke of York; printed 4to. Lond. 1664.

Besides this Play, he has a Volume of Poems extant, which have been several times reprinted the Fourth Edition, was printed 8vo. Lond. 1682. There is newly publish'd a Second part, containing his Alteration of The Maid's Tragedy, and whatsoever of his was left unprinted, publisht octavo Lond. 1690.