1842 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Samuel Daniel

C. H. Timperley, in Encyclopaedia of Literary and Typographical Anecdote (1842) 2:466.



1619. Died, SAMUEL DANIEL, a poet and historian, who succeeded Spencer in the office of laureat. He was born in Somersetshire, in the year 1562, and educated at Magdalen college, Oxford; on leaving which he became groom of the privy chamber to Anne of Denmark, the queen of James I. He seems to have passed his days under the protection of royal and noble personages, and distinguished himself as a writer of masques; the poems, however, were in general so applicable only to the persons and circumstances of his own age, that they have fallen almost entirely out of notice; yet he wrote in a style rather in advance of his time, and in some of his pieces rises to a high degree of excellence. His address to the countess of Cumberland, to whom he had been tutor, is still ranked among the finest effusions of meditative thought in the English language. His noble patroness erected a monument to his memory in the church of Beckington, near Philips Norton, in Somersetshire. His poems were collected and printed in two volumes, 12mo. 1718. He wrote the History of England, to the end of the reign of Edward III.