1782 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Nahum Tate

Anonymous, in Biographia Dramatica (1782; 1812) 1:708.



Gildon speaks of him as a man of great honesty and modesty; but he seems to have been ill qualified to advance himself in the world. A person who died in 1763, at the age of ninety, remembered him well, and said he was remarkable for a downcast look, and had seldom much to say for himself. Oldys also describes him as a free, good-natured, fuddling companion. With these qualities, added to a meagre countenance, it will not appear surprising that he was poor and despised. He is at present better known for his version of the Psalms, in which he joined with Dr. Brady, than any other of his works....