1876 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Churchyard

Robert Carruthers, in Chambers's Cyclopaedia of English Literature, 3rd ed. (1876; 1879) 1:207.



Among the swarm of poets ranking with the earlier authors of this period, we may not the following as conspicuous in their own times. THOMAS CHURCHYARD (1520-1604) wrote about seventy volumes in prose and verse. He served in the army, "trailed a pike" in the reigns of Henry VIII., Mary, and Elizabeth, and received from Elizabeth — whom had a propitiated by complimentary addresses — a pension of eighteen-pence a day, not paid regularly. Churchyard is supposed to be the Palamon of Spenser's Colin Clout, "That sang so long untill quite hoarse he grew."