1780 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Rymer

John Nichols, in Select Collection of Poems with Notes Biographical and Historical (1780-82) 1:220.



A gentleman born in the North of England. On quitting the University, he became a member of Gray's Inn, and succeeded Mr. Shadwell as historiographer to K. William III. He wrote The English Monarch, an heroic tragedy, 1678; several poems and translations; and A View of the Tragedies of the Last Age, which occasioned those admirable Remarks preserved in the preface to Mr Colman's edition of Beaumont and Fletcher, and since by Dr Johnson in his Life of Dryden.... On Mr Rymer's poetry much commendation cannot be bestowed ... but he was an excellent Antiquary and Historian. Some of his pieces relating to our Constitution are very good; and his valuable collection of the Foedera, &c. will be a lasting monument of his worth.