1764 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Heywood

David Erskine Baker, in Companion to the Play-House (1764) 2:Sig. Q4-Q4v.



It must be allowed, however, that he was a good general Scholar, and a very tolerable Master of classical Languages, as appears from the great Use he made of the Ancients, and his various Quotations from them in his Works, especially his Actor's Vindication, in which he has displayed great Erudition. — What Rank he held as an Actor I know not, but it is probable no very considerable one, as all his Biographers are silent on that Head; and, indeed, if we consider how much he wrote, it is scarcely possible to conceive he could have so much Time to spare for an application to that Art, as was necessary for the attaining of any Perfection in it.