1805 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Randolph

Samuel Egerton Brydges, "Thomas Randolph" Censura Literaria 1 (1805) 1:27-28.



Thomas Randolph was born 1605, and died 1634. His poems were first published with the following title, "Poems, with the Muses' Looking Glass, and Amyntas. By Thomas Randolph, M.A. and late Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge. Oxford, printed by L. Lichfield, Printer to the University, for Fr. Bowman, 1638," Quarto. The Fifth Edition, Oxford, for Fr. Bowman, 1668. Duod.

Oldys has recorded the following curious anecdote of him.

"When Queen Henrietta-Maria was at Cambridge, she upon some occasion pleasantly objected to Randolph, "Pauper ubique jacet," to which Randolph wittily replied,

In thalamis, Regina, tuis hac nocte jacerem,
Si verum hoc esset "Pauper ubique jacet."

Sir Aston Cokayne, who knew Randolph, ascribes these verses to him, and old Rodney Fane, who never read Cokayne, also ascribed them to Randolph. Yet I have heard these verses were spoken by somebody, and that he was afterwards made a Bishop."

But a very learned critic remarks that "he much doubts whether Queen Henrietta-Maria could speak Latin; though Queen Elizabeth could."

Randolph translated his Ode in defence of Jonson into Latin; and Oldys had it with William Strode's translation of Jonson's Farewell, in MS.