1812 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Dr. Thomas Lodge

Samuel Egerton Brydges, in British Bibliographer 3 (1812) xi.



Dr. Thomas Lodge was of a Lincolnshire family, born about 1556, educated at Trinity College, Oxford, 1574. He practised as a physician in England, and was much patronized by the Catholics. He died (of the plague, it is supposed) in 1625. Of his poetical talents all that is necessary has been said already. Ellis has given a most beautiful extract from a poem of his in "Commendation of a Solitary Life." It has all the smoothness, even flow, selection and finished construction of language, of an elegant modern composition.