1776 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Nicholas Rowe

John Nichols, Note in Original Works of William King (1776) 3:184-85n.



Mr. Nicholas Rowe was born 1673, was bred to the law, but seduced by the Muses. Besides "Tamerlane," he wrote six other tragedies, a comedy, and several poems published in one volume under the title of "Miscellaneous Works." — He was appointed poet laureat on the accession of king George I; and died Dec. 6, 1718. — His translation of Lucan was not published till ten years after his death; but a small specimen of it, which was printed by Mr. Collins in 1713, underwent a severe censure from Dr. Bentley, in his "Remarks on a Discourse on Freethinking."