George Daniel of Beswick (1616-57), studious and reserved, lived on private means. As a poet, he writes most under the influence of Daniel and Drayton.
(a) From the Vindication of Poesie in Poems written upon Sever all Occasions, ApudBiswicke: Anno Domini MDCXLVI, B.M. MS. Add. 19255, fol. I2V; repr. Poems ed. A.B. Grosart (1878), I. 28:
The Shepherds Boy; best knowen by that name
Colin; vpon his homely oaten Reed.
With Roman Titirus may share in Fame;
But when a higher path hee seem's to tread,
Hee is my wonder; for who yet has seene
Soe Cleare a Poeme, as his Faierie Queene?
(b) From Time and Honour, ibid., fol. 14; repr. Grosart, I. 33-4:
The proud Italian
And iustly proud in Poesie, will allow
The English (though not Equall) next him now;
The noble Sidney crown'd with liveing Bayes;
And Spencer chief, (if a peculiar praise
May pass, and from the rest not derogate)
The learned Jonson, whose Dramaticke State
Shall stand admir'd Example, to reduce
Things proper, to the light, or buskind Muse.
(c) From An Essay; Endevouring to ennoble our English Poesie, ibid., fol. 31; repr. Grosart, I. 82:
And take the Radix, or our Poesie
To honour more, in this last Centurie;