1807 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Richard Barnfield

William Beloe, in Anecdotes of Literature and Scarce Books 2 (1807) 67-68.



This old English Poet is slightly mentioned by Ritson, in his Catalogue of English Poets, and somewhat more by Mr. Bridges, in his improved edition of Philips's Theatrum Poetarum. Mr. Ellis had probably not seen any of his performances, at least he has given no specimen of his works yet he is spoken of as a writer, by no means inelegant, by Warton in his History of Poetry, Vol. III p. 405.

I have discovered in a very curious and valuable volume of Miscellaneous Poetry, belonging to Sion College Library, the performance of Richard Barnfield, alluded to by Warton; and for the benefit of collectors in this line, subjoin a description, with a specimen [of the Affectionate Shepheard].