1687 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Flatman

William Winstanley, Lives of the Most Famous English Poets (1687) 200.



Thomas Flatman, a Gentleman once of the middle Temple, of Extraordinary Parts, equally ingenious in the two Noble Faculties of Painting and Poetry; as by the several choice Pieces that have been seen of his Pourtraying and Limning, and by his Book of Poems, which came out about Fourteen or Fifteen Years ago, sufficiently appeareth: The so much Celebrated Song of the Troubles of Marriage, is ascribed to him.

Like a Dog with a Bottle tyed close to his Taile,

Like a Tory in a Bog, or a Thief in a Jail, &c.