1776 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Richard Flecknoe

John Nichols, Note in Original Works of William King (1776) 3:300-01n.



Richard Flecknoe, who lived in the reigns of Charles the First and Second, was better acquainted with the Nobility than with the Muses. If his own works are not sufficient to transmit his name to posterity, Mr. Dryden has effectually performed that office in his celebrated satire called "Mac Flecknoe." Langbaine enumerates five of his dramatic productions. His other works consist of Epigrams and Aenigmatical Characters, and of a Diary, in burlesque verse, 12mo, 1655. Dryden, in his Dedication to Limberham, has severely rallied an Epistle Dedicatory of Flecknoe's to a Nobleman; but to what book it was prefixed is now unknown. — Langbaine tells us, he never could get one of his plays acted: but this is a mistake. His "Love's Kingdom, a Pastoral Tragi-comedy," appears, by the Dedication to William Marquis of Newcastle, to have been acted and damned. Q. If this is not the Dedication Dryden alludes to? His "Love's Dominion, a Dramatique Piece full of excellent Moralitie, written as a Pattern for the reformed Stage, 1653," 12mo, is dedicated to Lady Eliz. Claypole, Cromwell's daughter.