1687 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Shadwell

William Winstanley, Lives of the Most Famous English Poets (1687) 216.



One whose Pen hath deserved well of the Stage, not only for the number of the Plays which he hath writ; but also for the sweet Language and Contrivance of them. His Comedies are, The Humorist; The Sullen Lovers; Epsom Wells, &c. Besides his Royal Shepherdess, a Pastoral Tragi-Comedy; and his Tragedy of Psyche, or rather Tragical Opera, as vying with the Opera's of Italy, in the Pomp of Scenes, Machinery and Musical performance.