1780 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Ayloffe

John Nichols, in Select Collection of Poems with Notes Biographical and Historical (1780-82) 3:186.



This gentleman, who was educated at Trinity College, Cambridge, was a man of good humour, which carried his inclinations to poetry. He published, Jacob says, several valuable small pieces; among which, "Marvels Ghost" is very much admired. In the third volume of Dryden's Miscellanies is a poem "On the Death of K. Charles II. and the Accession of K. James II. to the Throne," by Mr William Ayloffe, which is tolerably harmonious, but too fulsomely flattering to deserve preservation.