1719 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Robert Greene

Giles Jacob, in Poetical Register: or the Lives and Characters of the English Dramatick Poets (1719) 126-27.



This Poet liv'd in the Reign of Queen Elizabeth; he was Educated at the University of Cambridge, where he was Master of Arts. Mr. Winstanley tells us, that this Gentleman being very much inclin'd to the Pleasures of Venus, was oblig'd to make his Pen a Slave to his Purse, for the support of his Extravagancies. He writ several Pieces of Poetry, most of them printed in Black Letter, among which is the following Play.

The History of Fryar BACON, and Fryar BUNGY; a Comedy acted by the Prince of Palatine's Servants. For the Plot see Wood's Antiquities of Oxon, Plot's History of Oxfordshire.

He assisted Doctor Lodge in some of his Plays. His other Poetical Works are, Dorastus and Faunia, his Arcadia, Upstart Courtier, &c.