Nahum Tate

















































Nahum Tate 1652-1715

  Born in Dublin. He was a playwright who also produced “improved” and “happier” versions of several of Shakespeare’s tragedies. Together with Nicholas Brady, he compiled a metrical version of the psalms. He wrote the hymn While Shepherds Watched their Flocks by Night. He became Poet Laureate in 1692. He was buried in the graveyard of St George the Martyr, Southwark, London. When I inquired whether the grave still existed, the Reverend Tony Lucas wrote to me stating that it was unlikely that a gravestone had ever been erected as he had died a pauper, hiding from his creditors. Over 100 years ago a road was driven through the churchyard cutting it in half. The larger part, now known as St George’s Gardens, had all the remaining stones removed and stood against the walls. Since then, they have almost all eroded or been broken beyond repair.

            I had read in a BBC website that Tate was actually buried in St Paul’s Cathedral. However I went to St Paul’s and they could find no record of this.

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