1847 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

George Chapman

Edward Farr, in Select Poetry, chiefly sacred, of the Reign of King James the First (1847) xxx.



GEORGE CHAPMAN was the author of a great many dramatic works, and some miscellaneous poems. Extracts are given in these pages from his "Euthymiae Raptus; or the Teares of Peace, 1609, etc." "There is a grave and masculine morality," says Sir Egerton Brydges, "in most of Chapman's productions, which renders them deserving of particular notice: his personal character seems to have corresponded with his writings. Oldys remarks that the head of Chapman was a treasury or chronicle of whatever was memorable among the poets of his time; and that he preserved in his own conduct the true dignity of poetry, which he compared to the sun-flower, that disdains to open its leaves to a smoking taper. Drayton calls him Reverend Chapman, and Wood pronounced him to have been a "'person of a most reverend aspect, religious, and temperate;' qualities rarely meeting in a poet."