Lovelace, Richard (1618-1658)

LOVELACE, Richard, an English poet, born at Woolridge, in Kent, 1618, and educated at the Charter-house, and Gloucester hall, Oxford, where he took the degree of M. A. 1636. He embraced the cause of the king during the civil wars, and was a great sufferer for his loyalty. The persecutions which he endured, and the poverty to which he was reduced, at last brought on melancholy, and produced a consumption. He died in a very poor lodging, Gunpowder alley, Shoe lane, 1658, and was buried in St. Bride's church. His poetry was very spirited and elegant. He wrote, besides poems, two plays, the Scholar, a comedy—and the Soldier, a tragedy.
1. A General Biographical Dictionary, Comprising a Summary Account of the Most Distinguished Persons of All Ages, Nations and Professions, 1843, page 580.

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