1820 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Dr. Thomas Lodge

John Payne Collier, in Poetical Decameron (1820) 1:171-71.



It was for a long time taken for granted that Hall made a just claim [to being the first English satirist], but that is completely set aside by the date of Dr. Thomas Lodge's production, called A Fig for Momus. It was printed in 1595, and Bishop Hall's Virgidemiarum not until 1597, leaving an interval of two years. The great rarity of Lodge's work, no doubt, prevented the earlier correction of the mistake.