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THOMAS CAMPION

The following biography is reprinted from A Dictionary of the Drama. W. Davenport Adams. Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Company, 1904.

Poet, dramatist, and musician Thomas Campion died in 1619. He is mentioned as a verse writer in the prologue to Peele's Honour of the Garter (1593) and Meres' Palladis Tamia (1598). He was the author of several masques--of one presented before the king at Whitehall on Twelfth Night, 1607; of The Masque of Flowers, interpreted by the gentlemen of Gray's Inn on Twelfth Night, 1613; of another (The Lords' Masque), performed at the wedding of the Princess Elisabeth in February, 1613; of a fourth, submitted to the queen at Caversham House, Reading, in April, 1613; and of a fifth, enacted at the marriage of the EArl of Somerset in December, 1613. "From a dramatic point of view, none of them possesses much importance, chiefly because Campion's inventive powers are by no means conspicuous" (A.W. Ward).

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