1691 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Chamberlayne

Gerard Langbaine, in Account of the English Dramatick Poets (1691) 56-57.



A Dorset-shire Gentleman, who in the Reign of King Charles the First, liv'd at Shaftesbury, a Market-town of sufficient Note for giving the Title to the famous Lord Cooper, first Earl of Shaftesbury. He writ a Play called Love's Victory, a Tragi-Comedy printed in quarto Lond. 1658. and dedicated to the Right Worshipful Sr. William Portman. He writ this Play during the late Troubles, and design'd to have it acted, but the Powers then in being having suppressed the Sate; he contented himself with Printing it: tho' it has since appeared, (at least a great part of it) upon the Stage in 1678. under the Title of Wits led by the Nose, or A Poet's Revenge.

This Author writ besides, and Heroick Poem called Pharonnida, in Five Books, printed in octavo Lond. 1659. and dedicated likewise to Sr. William Portman. This Poem tho' it hath nothing extraordinary to recommend it, yet appear'd abroad in Prose 1683, under the Title of a Novel called Eromena, or The Noble Stranger.