Mathew Roydon

Mathew Roydon

Mathew Roydon (sometimes spelled Matthew, c. 1580-1622) was an English poet associated with the School of Night group of poets and writers.

Contemporary George Chapman wrote of Roydon, "It is in the exceeding rapture of delight in the deepe search of knowledge, none knoweth better than thyselfe, sweet Mathew, that maketh men manfully indure th'extremes incident to that Herculean labour.

Martin Garrett writes that Roydon "was associated at various times with Spenser, Marlowe, and Chapman", and quotes Thomas Nashe, prefacing Robert Greene's Menaphon (1589), in saying that Roydon "hath shewed himselfe singular in the immortall Epitaph of his beloved Astrophell, besides many other most absolute Comike inventions". According to Garrett:

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