1690 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Flatman

Anthony Wood, Athenae Oxonienses (1690-91; 1721) 2:825-26.



THOMAS FLATMAN, an eminent Poet of his time, was born in Aldersgate-street in the Suburb of London, educated in Grammar learning in Wykham's School near Winchester, elected Fellow of New Coll. in 1654, left it before he took a degree, retired to the Inner Temple, of which he became a Barrister, and equally ingenious in the two noble Faculties of Poetry and Painting or Limning, as several choice pieces shew; the titles of which are these [list omitted]. At length, he having lived to the age of 53 or thereabouts, gave way to fate in his House in Fleet-street, Lond. on the eighth day of Decemb. in sixteen hundred eighty and eight, and was three days after buried in the Church of S. Bride alias Briget, near to the rails of the Communion-table, under a Grave-stone with inscription and verses thereon, which he had sometime before caused to be lain on his Son, there buried. This Person (whose Father, a Clerk in the Chancery, was then living in the 80th Year of his age or more) was in his younger days much against Marriage, to the dislike of his said Father, and made a Song describing the cumbrances of it, beginning thus:

Like a Dog with a Bottle ty'd close to his tail,

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

But being afterwards smitten with a fair Virgin, and more with her fortune, did espouse her 26 Nov. 1672; whereupon his ingenious Comrades did serenade him that night, while he was in the embraces of his Mistress, with the said Song.