Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900/Gale, Dunstan

GALE, DUNSTAN (fl. 1596), poet, was the author of a poem entitled ‘Pyramus and Thisbe,’ supposed to have been printed for the first time in 1597, as the dedication is addressed ‘To the Worshipful his verie friend D. B. H. Nov. 25th, 1596.’ It was published with Greene's ‘History of Arbasto’ in 1617, in the title of which it is spoken of as ‘a lovely poem.’ No earlier edition is known. Another edition was published in 1626. A poem called ‘Perymus and Thesbye’ was entered to William Griffith in 1562, and according to Warton printed in quarto for T. Hackett; but this was probably an earlier and quite different work.

[Collier's Bibl. and Critical Account, 1865; Ritson's Bibliographia Poetica.]

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