1862 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Matthew Roydon

John Payne Collier, in Poetical Works of Spenser (1862; 1875) 1:cx-xi n.



We think he is spoken of by Bryskett as a countryman; but he was well known among the literary men of London, and late in life he fell into such deep distress as to be relieved by charity. Nash, in his Epistle introductory to Robert Greene's Menaphon, 4to, 1587, speaks of Roydon's poem on Sidney in terms of high praise, but Nash was then needy and Roydon rich. It is to be remarked ... that Lodge, in the third Eclogue of his Fig for Momus, 1595, mentions Roydon (or Donroy as he there calls him) as if he were then in prosperous circumstances, and capable of patronising, as well as writing, poetry. Wagrin is there urging the desponding Golde (i.e. Lodge) to seek other employment than that of the pen and the stage; Wagrin says:—

A better minde God send thee, or more meanes!
Oh! wouldst thou but converse with Charles the kind,
Or follow harvest where thy Donroy gleanes,
These thoughts would cease: with them the muse should find
A sweet converse: then, this conceit which weanes
Thy pen from writing should be soone resigned.