1719 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Nashe

Giles Jacob, in Poetical Register: or the Lives and Characters of the English Dramatick Poets (1719) 188-89.



A Poet of the same time, but of a more eminent Character [than Thomas Nabbs]. He was educated at the University of Cambridge, where his Genius early led him to writing, particularly Satire and Dramatick Poetry. He writ two Plays.

I. DIDO Queen of Carthage; a Tragedy. Mr. Marlow assisted in the Composition of this Play. The Design is taken from Virgil's Aeneids.

II. Summer's last Will and Testament; a Comedy

This Author likewise writ several other small Pieces both in Verse and Prose, as Pierce Penniless's Supplication to the Devil, a Poem call'd, The White and Red Herring, &c.