Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900/Lewicke, Edward

LEWICKE, EDWARD (fl. 1562), poet, was the author of ‘The most wonderfull and pleasaunt History of Titus and Gisippus, whereby is fully declared the figure of Perfect Friendship: drawn into English Metre,’ London, 1562. The tale was originally taken from Boccaccio by Sir Thomas Eliot, who introduces a prose version into his ‘Governor.’ Lewicke's poem is, as Mr. Collier has shown, little more than a rhymed paraphrase of Eliot's rendering. Goldsmith's ‘Tale of Alcander and Septimius’ was probably taken from Lewicke.

[Lowndes's Bibl. Manual, p. 1351; Watt's Bibl. Brit. p. 1824; Warton's Hist. of English Poetry; Payne Collier's Poetical Decameron, ii. 80.]

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