1764 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Charles Gildon

David Erskine Baker, in Companion to the Play-House (1764) 2:Sig. O5v.



His dramatic Pieces are as follow,
1. Love's Victim. Trag.
2. PHAETON. Trag.
3. ROMAN Bride's Revenge. Trag.
None of them met with any great Success, and indeed, tho' they do not totally want Merit, yet, by too strong an Emulation of the Stile of Lee, of whom he was a great Admirer, but without being possessed of that Brilliancy of poetical Imagination, which frequently atones for the mad Flights of that Poet, Mr. Gildon's Verse runs into a perpetual Train of Bombast and Rant.