1802 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Vallans

Joseph Ritson, Bibliographia Poetica (1802) 377-78.



WILLIAM VALLANS wrote A tale of two swannes. Wherein is comprehended the original and encrease of the river Lee, commonly called Ware river; together with the antiquitie of sundrie places and townes seated upon the same. Pleasant to be read, and not unprofitable to be understood: printed by Roger Ward for John Sheldrake, 1590, 4to. and reprinted in the 5th volume of Lelands Itinerary: twelve leaves in blank verse. He is, likewise, the authour of commendatory verses prefix'd to Whartons dreame, 1578. In the Harelean MS. 367, is a "short poem of Will. Vallans salter, as it seems, upon John Stowes lack of reward for compiling his survey of London."