1797 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir George Buc

George Chalmers, in Apology for the Believers in the Shakspeare-Papers (1797) 493-94.



While the Britannia endures, Sir George Bucke will be remembered, as the friend of Camden; who is studious to avow the assistance, which he had received from him; and who praises Sir George, as "a man well learned, and well read." Howes, also, acknowledges, how much he had been obliged to Sir George, for particular help, in compiling his Chronicle. Among other disquisitions, Sir George Bucke wrote a treatise — "of Poets and Musicians," which recent Inquirers have not been able to find. He wrote also a tract on the third University of England, which he dedicated to Sir Edward Coke; and which was published by Howes, in 1631, as a supplement to his Chronicle; in order to show how much was taught in London. In his work, Sir George treated "of the Art of Revels," which, he says, "requireth knowledge in grammar, rhetorick, logick, philosophie, history, music, mathematicks, and knowledges in other arts." On this interesting subject, he composed a particular treatise, which unhappily has not yet, by any diligence, been found. But, he did not write, as it seems, "the celebrated History of Richard the 3d," which is said to have been written, after his death, by George Bucke, his son.