1807 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Freeman

Thomas Park, in "Freeman's Rub and a great Cast" Censura Literaria 4 (1807) 129.



Thomas Freeman was a Gloucestershire man, and born near Tewksbury, about 1590. At the age of sixteen, he became a student of Magdalen College, Oxford, where he took the degree of A. B. Retiring from thence to London, he set up for a poet, says Wood, and was shortly after held in esteem by Daniel, Donne, Shakspeare, Chapman, and others. To the poets here named, and also Spenser or his Fairy Queen, and Nash, he has severally addressed epigrams; but it is not hence to be affirmed that he was personally acquainted with all of them. In Vol. IV. of his Poetical History, Mr. Warton has given a specimen of our author's humour, which acquaints us, even in his time, that "London itself seem'd going out of Town." In the last edition of Mr. Ellis's Specimens, a more favourable instance has been shewn of Freeman's poetical talents. The following extracts will serve to ascertain the general tenor of his epigrammatic effusions.