1805 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Abraham Fraunce

Henry John Todd, in Works of Spenser (1805) 1:xcviii.



By Corydon, who is described [in Colin Clouts Come Home Again] as "meanly waged, yet ablest wit of most" whom Spenser knew, perhaps Abraham Fraunce is intended; who was the friend of Sidney, and the writer of several poems in English hexameters, as The Lamentations of Amintas, &c. The Countesse of Pembrokes Ivychurch, &c. The Lamentations of Corydon, &c. He was called to the Bar of the Court of the Marches of Wales; and, in 1590, was recommended by Henry Earl of Pembroke as a man in every respect qualified to be the Queen's Solicitor in that Court. But what became of him afterwards does not appear.