1824 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Nicholas Breton

Thomas Frognall Dibdin, in Library Companion (1824; 1825) 2:707n.



Of Nicholas Breton, the list of his works, by Ritson, in his Bibl. Poet. — furnished by Steevens — is at once copious and appalling to the desperate collector: for vain must be the hope to collect them all. See also the Cens. Lit. vol. ix. page 159-165: Campbell, vol. ii, page 321-24. His poems have a melancholy, tender, and religious air, which made them popular in their day: but his Muse was sometimes curvetting and wanton — and woe betide the young bibliomaniac who sets his heart upon Breton's Flourish upon Fancie, and Pleasant Toyes of an idle Head, 1577, 4to.: — or, his Workes of a young Wyt, trust up with a Fardell of prettie Fancies, 4to.!! Threescore guineas shall hardly fetch these black-letter rarities from the pigeon holes of Mr. Thorpe.