1894 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Richard Niccols

Edmund Gosse, in The Jacobean Poets (1894) 113.



Richard Niccols, born in 1584, was known not merely as the final editor of The Mirror for Magistrates in 1610, to which edition he contributed The Fall of Princes, and A Winter Night's Vision — but as the author of eight or nine independent volumes of smooth and fluent verse, always readable enough, though tame and uninspired. Niccols' best work is his journalistic poem, called Sir Thomas Overbury's Vision, 1616, a sort of rhymed "special edition" to be distributed under the scaffold of the murderers.