Samuel Daniel succeeded Spenser as poet-laureat to Queen Elizabeth, and was then thought to have merited the laurel. His prose, in his History of England, has much more simplicity and elegance than is to be found in the generality of the writers of his age; but his poetry is too prosaic to gain many admirers in the present. He was one of the grooms of the privy-chamber to Anne of Denmark, who was much taken with his conversation and writings. His poems and plays have been several time printed. The last edition was in two vols. 12mo. 1718. Ob. 1619.