1719 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Oldmixon

Giles Jacob, in Poetical Register: or the Lives and Characters of the English Dramatick Poets (1719) 197.



This Gentleman, now living, is descended from the ancient Family of the Oldmixons of Oldmixon, near Bridgwater in Somersetshire. He has writ the Three following Dramatick Pieces:

I. AMYNTAS; a Pastoral, presented at the Theatre Royal. Dedicated to the Duchess of Marlborough. It is taken from the Amynta of Tasso, and the Preface informs us, that it met with but ill Success; for Pastoral, tho' never so well writ, is not a Subject fit for a long Entertainment on the English Theatre: But the Original pleas'd in Italy, where the Performance of the Composer of the Musick is generally more regarded than that of the Poet.

II. the Grove, or Love's Paradise; an Opera.

III. The Governor of Cyprus; a Tragedy, acted at the Theatre Royal.