1691 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Nahum Tate

Gerard Langbaine, in Account of the English Dramatick Poets (1691) 500-02.



An Author now living; who tho' he be allow'd to be a Man of Wit and Parts, yet for Dramatick Poetry, he is not above the common Rank: What he has extant, for the most part is borrow'd; at least we may say, That generally he follows other Mens Models, and builds upon their Foundations: for of Eight Plays that are printed under his Name, Six of them owe their Original to other Pens; as we shall shew in the following Account.

Brutus of Alba, or The enchanted Lovers; a Tragedy acted at the Duke's Theatre, printed 4to. Lond. 1678. and dedicated to the Right Honourable Charles, Earl of Dorset and Middlesex. This Play is founded on Virgil's Aeneids, Book the 4th; and "was finished under the Names of Dido and Aeneas, but by the Advice of some Friends, was transformed to the Dress it now wears."

Cuckold's Haven, or An Alderman no Conjurer; a Farce acted at the Queen's Theatre, in Dorset Garden; printed 4to. Lond. 1685. and dedicated to Colonel Edmund Ashton. This Play is borrow'd from Johnson's Eastward hoe, and Devil is an Ass.

Duke and no Duke, a Farce acted by their Majesties Servants; with the several Songs set to Musick, with Thorough-Basses for the Therobo, or Bass-Viol; printed 4to. Lond. 1685. and dedicated to the Right Honourable Sir George Hewyt. This Play is founded on Sir Aston Cockain's Trappolin suppos'd a Prince.

Ingratitude of a Common-wealth, or The Fall of Caius Martius Coriolanus; acted at the Theatre-Royal, printed 4to. Lond. 1682. and dedicated to the Right Honourable Charles, Lord Herbert, Marquess of Worcester. This Play is borrowed from Shakespear's Coriolanus.

Island Princess, a Tragi-comedy acted at the Theatre-Royal: revived with Alterations; printed 4to. Lond. 1687. and dedicated to the Right Honourable Henry, Lord Walgrave. This Play is Fletcher's Originality.

Loyal General, a Tragedy acted at the Duke's Theatre; printed 4to. Lond. 1680. and dedicated to Edward Taylor Esquire.

Lear King of England his History; acted at the Duke's Theatre; revived with Alterations; printed 4to. Lond. 1687, and dedicated to Thomas Botler Esq. This Play in the Original, was writ by W. Shakespear.

Richard the Third, a History acted at the Theatre-Royal, under the Name of The Sicilian Usurper: with a Prefatory Epistle, in Vindication of the Author; occasion'd by the Prohibition of this Play on the Stage: printed 4to. Lond. 1681. and dedicated to George Raynsford, Esq. This Play owns its Birth likewise to Shakespear.

Besides these Plays, our Author has two Volumes of Poems in print. One wholy writ by him, call'd Poems writ on several Occasions, second Edit. enlarg'd printed 8vo. Lond. 1684. The other call'd Poems by several Hands, and on several Occasions, collected by our Author, and printed octavo Lond. 1685.