1764 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Nashe

David Erskine Baker, in Companion to the Play-House (1764) 2:Sig. Z4v.



Nash's Talent was Satire, in which he must have had great Excellence, if we may give Credit to the Authority of an old Copy of Verses which Langbaine has quoted concerning him, in which it is said of him,

Sharply satiric was he; and that Way
He went, that since his Being, to this Day,
Few have attempted; and I surely think
Those Words shall hardly be set down in Ink
Shall scorch and blast, so as his could, when he
Would inflict Vengeance.

Particurlarly, he was engaged in a most violent Paper-War with the same Dr. Gabriel Harvey, whom his Friend Rob. Green had satirized in some of his Writings and whose rancorous Revenge led him even to treat his Body ill after Death, as I have before given an Account under GREEN.