Thomas Bradshaw (poet)

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Thomas Bradshaw (fl. 1591) was an English poet, the author of The Shepherd's Starre.

The Shepherd's Starre begins: "Now of late scene and at this hower to be obserued, merueilous orient in the East: which bringeth glad tydings to all that may behold her brightnes, having the foure elements with the foure capitall vertues in her, which makes her elementall and a vanquishor of all earthly humors." Then follows a dedication to "The Right Honorables, and puissant Barons, Robert Deuereux Earle of Essex, and unto Thomas Lord Burgh". Next comes a prose address to the author from his brother and publisher, Alexander. Then follows a group of letters: (1) "I. M. Esquier, his farewell to England and to the Author", (2) "The Author's farewell to England, and to his most intier friend I. M.", and (3) "T. G. Esquire his replye to the farewell of the Author".[1][2]

The bulk of the volume consists of A Paraphrase upon the Third of the Canticles of Theocritus, in both verse and prose. The author's style in the preface is highly affected and euphuistic, but the Theocritean paraphrase reads pleasantly. The book is of great rarity; but there is a copy in the British Museum.[3]

One Thomas Bradshaw, who may have been the same man, proceeded to the degree of B.A. at Oxford University in 1547, and supplicated for the degree of M.A. early in 1549.[3]


  1. ^ I. M. has not been identified. T. G. has been identified as Thomas Groos.
  2. ^ Griffiths, Anton Frederick, ed. (1815). Biblioteca Anglo-poetica. London: Thomas Davison. pp. 15–16. 
  3. ^ a b  This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain"Bradshaw, Thomas". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900.