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Souldier encourag'd souldier, man urg'd man,
And thou (blest soul) whose clear compacted fame,
BORN 1620.-DIED 1666.
ALEXANDER BROME was an attorney in the Lord Mayor's Court. From a verse in one of his poems, it would seem that he had been sent once in the civil war, (by compulsion no doubt,) on the parliament side, but had stayed only three days, and never fought against the king and the cavaliers. He was in truth a strenuous loyalist, and the bacchanalian songster of his party. Most of the songs and epigrams that were published against the Rump have been ascribed to him. He had besides a share in the translation of Horace, with Fanshaw, Holiday, Cowley, and others, and published a single comedy, the Cunning Lovers, which was acted in 1651, at the private house in Drury. There is a playful variety in his metre, that probably had a better effect in song than in reading. Baker informs us that he was the author of much the greater part of those songs and epigrams which were published against the Rump. Philips styles him the “ English Anacreon.”