1820 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Charles Fitzgeffrey

John Payne Collier, in Poetical Decameron (1820) 1:18.



Besides stating that he was the compiler of that collection, Anthony Wood tells us that Fitzgeoffrey became a commoner of Broadgate Hall in 1592, and as he was then only seventeen years old, he was but in his one and twentieth year when he hazarded the publication of the work before us [Drake]: had he been older and more discreet, he would most likely have omitted some parts, and chastened and moderated a good deal of the rest; but a correct taste is not be expected from youth.