1814 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. William Alabaster

George Dyer, in History of the University and Colleges of Cambridge (1814) 2:292.



Dr. Alabaster wrote not only poetry, but was eminent as a Hebrew scholar, and possessed a fondness for the Jewish cabalistic literature: he was author of Lexicon Penteglotton Hebraicum; he also wrote Roxana, the tragedy, that was performed in Trinity College Hall. "He became," to borrow Smyth's language, "a convert to popery, and wrote, while of that faith, Apparatus in Revelationem Jesu Christi: but he was reconverted to protestantism, and died a bona-fide episcopalian, in 1640."