1844 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas May

Robert Chambers, in Cyclopaedia of English Literature (1844; 1850) 1:264.



THOMAS MAY (1595-1650), who, like Daniel, was both a poet and a historian, published, in 1647, The History of the Parliament of England which began November 3. 1640. This is, in reality, a history rather of the civil war which arose while that parliament was sitting, than of the proceedings of the parliament itself. The work was imposed upon him in his capacity of secretary for the parliament, and was reluctantly undertaken. It gave great offence to the royalists, by whom both the author and his performance were loudly abused. Its composition is inelegant, but the candour displayed in it has been pronounced much greater than the royalists were willing to allow.