1691 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Samuel Pordage

Gerard Langbaine, in Account of the English Dramatick Poets (1691) 406.



A gentleman who was lately (if he be not so at present) a Member of the Worthy Society of Lincoln's-Inn. He has published two Plays in Heroick Verse, viz.

Herod and Mariamne, a Tragedy acted at the Duke's Theatre, and printed 4to. Lond. 1673. This Play was writ a dozen Years, before it was made publick, and given to Mr. Settle by a Gentleman, to use and form as he pleas'd: he preferr'd it to the Stage, and dedicated it to the Dutchess of Albermarle. For the Plot, I think the Author has follow'd Mr. Capranede's Cleopatra, a Romance, in the Story of Tyridates: but for the true History, consult Josephus, Philo-Judaeus, Eberus, Egypsippus, &c.

Siege of Babylon, a Tragi-comedy, acted at the Theatre; dedicated to her Royal Highness the Dutchess, and printed 4to. Lond. 1678. This Play is founded on the Romance of Cassandra.