1793 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

George Peele

Anonymous, "Knowledge, Learning, and Taste during the Reign of Elisabeth" Universal Magazine 90 (September 1793) 171.



His Arraignment of Paris was a dramatic pastoral; his Edward the first, an historical play, and his King David and Fair Bethsabe, a tragedy. He wrote, likewise, another tragedy, called The Turkish Mahomet, and Hyren the fair Greek, which has not been printed. The story, no doubt, is the same as that upon which Dr. Johnson's Irene is founded. Other poems were written by Peele; and it has been particularly understood that he was a good pastoral poet. He has not, however, in this respect, been remembered or ranked with Spenser.