1812 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Nicholas Breton

Samuel Egerton Brydges, in British Bibliographer 3 (1812) xii.



This poet is supposed to be the same Capt. Nicholas Breton, who was of Norton in Northamptonshire, and dying there June 22, 1624, has a monument in that church; of the manor of which parish the family continued lords till within these ten or twelve years, when the sons of the late Eliah Hervey Breton, Esq. sold it. In Ritson's Bibliographia Poetica is the best catalogue that has yet been compiled of Breton's numerous and scarce writings, which abound, like those of Robert Green, with an intermixture of prose and poetry. Three of his beautiful little poems are selected from the Helicon by Mr. Ellis; these are "A Pastoral of Phillis and Coridon" — "Phillida and Coridon" — and "A sweet Pastoral."