1764 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Cooke

David Erskine Baker, in Companion to the Play-House (1764) 2:Sig. H1v.



Mr. Thomas Cooke. — This Gentleman, who for any thing I know to the contrary, is still living, was born at Braintree in Essex, and educated at Felsted School in the same County, about the year 1707. — He must have made a very rapid Progress in Literature, for in 1726, at which Time he was only nineteen Years of Age, he gave the World a very correct Edition of the Works of the famous Andrew Marvel, prefixed to which is a Life of the Author. — This Work he dedicated to the Earl of Pembroke, who, being much delighted with the Learning and Abilities of so young a Writer, became a very warm Patron to him (as before he had been before to the great Mr. Locke,) and even wrote several of the Notes to his Translation of Hesiod, which he published in 1728. — Besides these Mr. Cooke has obliged the Public with a Translation of Cicero de Natura Deorum, and of the Comedies of Terence, and prepared an Edition and Translation of Plautus, the Amphytrion only of which he has hitherto published. — His Reputation and Merit therefore as a classical Writer are apparently great — which is more than I can venture to say of him as a dramatic Author. — Yet as he launched into that Path we cannot refuse his Pieces a Place here, tho' they met with no Success at the Time they appeared. Their Titles are as follow, 1. Albion. Masque. 2. Eunuch. F. 3. Love the Cause and Cure of Grief. T. 4. Mournful Nuptials. T. 5. Triumphs of Love and Honour. T. He was also concerned with Mr. Mottley, in writing a Farce, called, Penelope, of which see more particularly in its proper Place, in the former Part of this Work.