ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
James Duport, "To his ingenuous Friend, the Author, concerning his Comedie" Randolph, The Jealous Lovers (1632) sig. ¶¶3.
1632: Edward Hyde
1632: Richard Benefield
1632: James Duport
1635 ca.: Sir Aston Cokayne
1638: Robert Randolph
1638: Edmund Gayton
1638: G. W.
1638: Owen Feltham
1638: R. Gostelow
1639: Thomas Bancroft
1683: John Dryden
1719: Giles Jacob
1757: Henry Dell
1764: David Erskine Baker
1803: Joseph Moser
1805: Sir Samuel Egerton Brydges
1806: Peter L. Courtier
1824: George Dyer
1827: William Goodhugh
1836: Richard Cattermole
1847: Edward Farr
1859: David Masson
1860: George Gilfillan
1880: Edmund Gosse
1914: Edmund Gosse
1632: Thomas Randolph
The Muses (Tom) thy Jealous Lovers be,
Striving which has the greatest share in thee.
Euterpe calls thee hers, such is thy skill
In pastorall sonnets, and in rurall quill.
Melpomene claims thee for her own, and cries
Thou hast an excellent vein for elegies.
'Tis true; but then Calliope disdains,
Urging thy fancy in heroick strains.
Thus all the nine: Apollo by his laws
Sits judge in person to decide the cause:
Beholds thy Comedy, approves thy art,
And so gives sentence on Thalia's part.
To her he dooms thee onely of the nine;
What though the rest with jealousie repine?
Then let thy Comedie, Thalia's daughter,
Begin to know her mother Muse by laughter.
Out with't, I say, smother not this thy birth,
But publish to the world thy harmlesse mirth.
No fretting frontispiece, nor biting Satyre
Needs usher't forth: born tooth'd? fie, 'tis gainst nature.
Thou hadst th' applause of all: King, Queen, and Court,
And University, all lik't thy sport.
No blunt preamble in a Cynick humour
Need quarrell at dislike, and spight of rumour
Force a more candid censure, and extort
An approbation, maugre all the court,
Such rude and snarling prefaces suit not thee,
They are superfluous; for thy Comedie,
Backt with it's own worth, and the authours name,
Will finde sufficient welcome, credit, fame.