See also:THOMAS (1653–1723), better known as Tom d'Urfey,
See also:song-writer and dramatist, belonged to a Huguenot
See also:family settled at Exeter, where he was
See also:born in 1653 . Honore d'
See also:Urfe, the author of Astree, was his
See also:uncle . His first
See also:play, The
See also:Siege of
See also:Memphis, or the Ambitious
See also:Queen, a bombastic rhymed tragedy, was produced at .the Theatre Royal in 1676 . He was much more successful with his comedies, which had brisk, complicated plots carried out in lively
See also:dialogue . He had a
See also:touch for fitting words on current topics to popular airs; moreover, many of his songs were set to
See also:music by his friends Dr
See also:Purcell and Thomas
See also:Farmer . Many of these songs were introduced into his plays .
See also:Addison in the
See also:Guardian (No . 67) relates that he remembered to have seen
See also:Charles IT. leaning on Tom d'Urfey's
See also:shoulder and humming a song with him . Even
See also:William III. liked to hear him sing his songs, and as a strong Tory he was sure of the favour of Princess Anne, who is said to have given Tom fifty guineas for a song on the Electress
See also:Sophia, the next
See also:heir in succession to the
See also:crown . " The crown's far too weighty, for shoulders of eighty," said d'Urfey, with an indirect compliment to the princess, " So
See also:Providence kept her away,—poor old Dowager Sophy."
See also:Pope, in an amusing
See also:letter to Henry
See also:Cromwell (
See also:Works, ed . Elwin and
See also:Courthope, vi .
91) describes him as " the only poet of tolerable reputation in this
See also:country." In spite of the success of his numerous comedies he was poor in his old age . But his gaiety and invincible
See also:humour had made him friends in the craft, and by the influence of Addison his Fond
See also:Husband, or The Plotting Sisters was revived for d'Urfey's benefit at
See also:Drury Lane on the 15th of
See also:June 1713 . This performance, for which Pope wrote a prologue full of rather faint praise, seems to have eased the poet's difficulties . He died on the 26th of
See also:February 1723, and was buried in St
See also:Church, Piccadilly . Collections of his songs with the music appeared during his
See also:time, the most
See also:complete being the 1719–1720 edition (6 vols.) of Wit and Mirth; or Pills to Purge Melancholy . The best known of the twenty-nine pieces of his which actually found their way to the stage were Love for
See also:Money; or The Boarding School (Theatre Royal, 1691), The
See also:Marriage-Hater Match'd (1692), and The Comical
See also:History of Don Quixote, in three parts (1694, 1694 and 1696), which earned the especial censure of
See also:Jeremy Collier . In his burlesque
See also:opera, Wonders in the
See also:Sun; or the
See also:Kingdom of the Birds (1706, music by G . B . Draghi), the actors were dressed as parrots, crows, &c .
COERCION (from Lat. coercere, to restrain)
COFFEE (Fr: cafe, Ger. Kaffee)
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