1719 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Charles Cotton

Giles Jacob, in Poetical Register: or the Lives and Characters of the English Dramatick Poets (1719) 48.



A Gentleman of a good Family in Staffordshire. He translated one of Corneille's Plays; call'd HORACE; a Tragedy, printed 1671. This Play has been likewise translated by Sir William Lower and Mrs. Katherine Philips; but the Translation of Mr. Cotton is preferable to Sir William's, and equal, at least, to Mrs. Philips's. The Plot is taken from Livii Hist. lib. I. L. Florus, lib. I. c. 3. Cassiodorus, Dionysius, Halicarnassus, &c.

This Author has publish'd, besides this Play, a Volume of Poems on several Occasions; and was very successful in his Burlesque Poems, particularly his Virgil Travestie.