1805 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Rymer

Samuel Egerton Brydges, "Thomas Rymer" Censura Literaria 1 (1805) 152.



"Thomas Rymer," says [William] Oldys, "was born in Yorkshire, went to school at North Allerton under Mr. Thomas Smelt, when Dr. George Hickes was his schoolfellow. He studied the laws in Gray's Inn. In 1692 he succeeded Shadwell as Historiographer Royal. See a character of his "Foedera" in Dr. Kennet's 2d letter to the Bishop of Carlisle, and in the said Bishop's Historical Library, and in Davis's Icon Libellorum.

Rymer translated Plutarch's Life of Nicias, which was published with the rest in 1683-84. There are also in print Rymer's Curious Amusements, 8vo. 1714, and his View of Parliaments, 8vo. 1714; Rymer's Three Letters to Bishop Nicholson occasioned by some passages in his Scottish Hist. Library, 8vo. 1702.

Rymer died Dec. 14, 1713, and was buried four days after in the church of St. Clement Danes, Middlesex.

See a reflection on him in Fenton's Life of Milton. See the Satire on Translators in the State Poems, reprinted in R. Cross's Collection of Poems, 8vo. 1747. See the Impartial Critic; or some observations on Mr. Rymer's late book, entitled a Short View of Tragedy, by Mr. Dennis, 4to. 1697.