1690 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Watson

Anthony Wood, Athenae Oxonienses (1690-91; 1721) 1:262-63.



THOMAS WATSON, a Londoner born, did spend some time in this University, not in Logic and Philosophy, as he ought to have done; but in the smooth and pleasant studies of Poetry and Romance, whereby he obtained an honourable Name among the Students in those Faculties. Afterwards retiring to the Metropolis, studied the Common Law at riper years, and for a diversion wrote Ecloga in obitum D. Francisci Walshingham Eq. aur. Lond. 1590. in two sheets qu. Amintae Gaudia. Lond. 1592. qu. Written in Lat. Hexameter, and dedicated to the incomparable Mary Countess of Pembroke, who was a Patroness of his Studies. He hath written other things of that Nature or Strain, and something pertaining to Pastoral, which I have not yet seen, and was highly valued among ingenious Men, in the latter end of Q. Elizabeth.