1805 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Churchyard

Henry John Todd, in Works of Spenser (1805) 1:c.



Old Palemon seems to point at Thomas Churchyard, who wrote a prodigious number of poetical pieces; of which the bare list is sufficient to justify the humourous remark of Spenser, after he has observed that the melancholy pipe of this aged bard may make the hearer rew:

Yet he himselfe may rewed be more right,
That sung so long untill quite hoarse he grew!

Having been a most laborious writer for half a century, he is said to have died, poor, in 1604.