1812 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Day

Stephen Jones, in Biographia Dramatica; or, A Companion to the Playhouse (1812) 1:178-79.



This author, by the date of his works, must have flourished in the reigns of King James I. and King Charles I. and wrote the following dramatic pieces [list omitted]. The precise time of his birth and death, however, are not known; nor are any farther particulars concerning him, except that he had connexion with some of his contemporary poets of note, and had been a student in Caius College, Cambridge.

If, however, we may believe the following punning lines, written by a gentleman of Lincoln's Inn, on his running away and bilking his landlord, he was of rather light principle:

Here night and Day conspire a secret flight;
For Day, 'tis said, is gone away by night.
The Day is past; but, landlord, where's your rent?
You might have seen, that Day was almost spent.
Day sold, at length put off whate'er he might,
Though it was ne'er so dark, Day would be light.