1807 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Samuel Sheppard

Thomas Park, in "Sheppard's Epigrams" Censura Literaria 5 (1807) 337-38.



S. Sheppard (we are told by Mr. Reed [Biographia Dramatica]) was the son of Harman Sheppard, M.D. who died in 1639. Oldys, in his MS. notes on Langbaine, reports that this son was imprisoned at Whittington College for writing a paper, or news-book, called Mercurius Elencticus. During the prohibition of the stage, he published The Committee-man curried; a comedy in two parts, bearing stronger testimony to his loyalty than to his poetic genius, each part not being longer than a single act of a moderate play, and almost entirely stolen from other authors. His Socratic Session is another brief essay in a dramatic form, and is designed to castigate Scaliger, for his censures of the Greek and Roman bards. Mr. Malone, in his Shakespeare, X. 187, quotes from a production of Sheppard, entitled Times displayed in six Sextiads, 4to. 1646; but this I have never seen, nor can I trace it in any catalogue.