1781 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Smith

Thomas Warton, in History of English Poetry (1774-81; 1840) 3:325.



By the way, in this miscellany [Phoenix Nest] there is a piece by "W. S. Gent." p. 77. Perhaps this is William Shakspeare. But I rather think by William Smyth, whose Cloris, or the Complaynt of the Passion of the despised Sheppard, was licensed to E. Bolifaunt. Oct. 5, 1596. Registr. Station. C. fol. 141. The initials W. S. are subscribed to Corin's dreame of his faire Chloris, in England's Helicon. (Signat. H. edit. 1614.)