1720 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Samuel Daniel

Giles Jacob, in Historical Account of the Lives and Writings of our most considerable English Poets (1720) 253-54.



This Gentleman's Life you'll find in my Poetical Register; his Father was an eminent Master of Musick, and his harmonious Mind made so great an Impression on his Son's Genius, that he prov'd to be one of the Darlings of the Muses, an excellent Poet. His Poems were universally receiv'd, the chief whereof are the following:

I. The Civil Wars between the two Houses of York and Lancaster; an Heroick Poem.

II. Musophilus; or a general Defence of Learning. Dedicated to Sir Fulk Grevil.

III. A Letter from Octavia to Marcus Antonius.

IV. Complaint of Rosamond.

V. His Panegyrick, Delia, &c. The first in Esteem is the first mention'd, viz. The Civil Wars between the Houses of York and Lancaster, which begins thus:

I sing the Civil Wars, tumultuous Broils,
And bloody Factions of a mighty Land,
Whose People haughty, proud with foreign Spoils,
Upon their selves turn back their conquering Hand.
While Kin their kind, Brother the Brother foils,
Like Ensigns, all against like Ensigns stand:
Bows against Bows, a Crown against a Crown,
While all pretending Right, all Right are throwing down.

He flourish'd in the time of King James the First, and dy'd about the latter end of that Reign.