1808 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Samuel Rowlands

Thomas Park, in Censura Literaria 6 (1808) 278.



To the later edition of these epigrams and satires [The Letting of Humours Blood], some verses to the reader are signed Samuell Rowlands; of whom this seems to be the only remaining memorial, that he was "one of the minor poets who lived in the reigns of Queen Elizabeth and James I. and perhaps later" [Percy's Reliques]. From Ritson's Bibliographies, p. 317, it will be perceived that he was the presumed author of fifteen publications in verse and prose, differing very widely from each other in their subject and design. The satiric medley now before me is particularly noticed by Mr. Warton in his poetic history, Vol. IV. where several extract from it may be seen.