1832 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Nahum Tate

William Clarke and Robert Shelton Mackenzie, in The Georgian Era: Memoirs of the most eminent Persons who have flourished in Great Britain (1832-34) 3:509.



NAHUM TATE was born at Dublin, about the year 1655. He received his education at the university of his native city; and, afterwards, coming to London, fell into pecuniary difficulties, from which he was relieved by the patronage of the Earl of Dorset In 1692, he succeeded Shadwell as poet laureate to King William the Third. He held that situation till the accession of George the First, whose birth-day ode he wrote, which is considered his best composition of the kind. He died about three months afterwards, on the 12th of August, 1715, leaving behind him nine dramatic pieces, all of which were acted but two, and a variety of miscellaneous poems, now deservedly forgotten. He also assisted Dr. Brady in his version of the Psalms, generally affixed to the Liturgy of the Church of England, and by which his name is now principally known. His dramatic works are, the tragedies of Brutus of Alba; The Loyal General; Richard the Second, altered from Shakspeare; The Fall of Coriolanus; Lear, King of England, altered from Shakspeare; and, Injured Love, or the Cruel Husband: two farces, called The Cuckold's Haven, and A Duke and no Duke; and a tragicomedy, altered from Fletcher, entitled The Island Princess.