1764 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Michael Drayton

David Erskine Baker, in Companion to the Play-House (1764) 2:Sigs K3v-K4.



His Poems are very numerous, and so elegant, that his Manner has been copied by many modern Writers of Eminence since. — Among these the most celebrated one is the Poly-Olbion, which in a Description of the several Parts of this Island, in twelve Foot Verse, and contained in thrity Books, or, as the Author has himself called them, Songs. Neither Langbaine, Jacob, nor any of the other Writers have mentioned him as a Dramatist, but Coxeter tells us, that he has seen an old MS. to the Play, called The Merry Devil of Edmonton, which declares it to have been written by Michael Drayton, Esq; and as the earliest Edition of that Piece is ated in 1612, at which Time our Author was in very high Estimation, it is most probable to have been him.