1810 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Richard Carew

Joseph Haslewood, "Carew's Godfrey of Bulloigne" British Bibliographer 1 (1810) 31.



Godfrey of Bulloigne, or the Recoverie of Hierusalem. An Heroicall poeme, written in Italian by Seig. Torquato Tasso, and translated into English by R. C. Esquire: and now the first part containing five Cantos. Imprinted in both Languages. London, imprinted by John Windet for Christopher Hunt of Exceter, 1594. 4to. pp. 235.

The above initials are properly assigned by Ritson to Richard Carew, author of The Survey of Cornwall; who Camden describes as "innobled no less in regard of his parentage and descent, than for his virtue and learning." Wood as well records him "a religious and ingenious man, learned, eloquent, liberal, stout, honest, and well skilled in several languages;" but withal, may be added, a harsh, if not an indifferent versifier. One excuse arises from the slavish and vain attempt of rendering the original of Tasso nearly line for line, which occasioned the adoption of mean and puerile sentences and created many false and unwarrantable rhimes. Wood does not appear to have known of the present work [Godfrey of Bulloigne], yet he has noticed in the same year, 1594, a translation also from the Italian, of Huarte's Examination of Men's Wits, and observes, "I have been informed by some persons, was mostly, if not all, performed by Thomas Carew his father; yet Richard's name is set to it." The initials only are set to it. Richard was born 1555, and died in 1620.