1824 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Randolph

George Dyer, in Privileges of the University of Cambridge, Supplement (1824) 2:113.



Thomas Randolph was formerly Fellow of Trinity College, and possessed much poetical merit, though his writings are now not generally known. After his death a few of his poems were published, the fifth edition in 1664.

Prefixed to this volume, after the manner of those times, are numerous complimentary verses. One of the writers, Mr. West, of Christ Church, Oxford, thus speaks of these remains:

But all his works are lost, his fire is out,
These are but's ashes which are thrown about,
And now rak'd up together; all we have
With pious sacrilege snatch'd from the grave,
Are a few embers, which may make it said,
That Tom is yet alive, tho' Randolph's dead.