John Davies of Hereford

(1564 ca.-1618)

John Davies was born in Hereford, attended Oxford (according to Anthony Wood) and taught penmanship to Prince Henry, among other notable pupils. He was an early friend of John Donne and addressed verses to many of the London poets. Davies has a poem in Browne's Shepheards Pipe (1614) and a commendatory poem in the second volume of Britannia's Pastorals (1616). Unlike his spectacular penmanship, Davies's long, dull, intellectual poems have found few admirers.


1602Mirum in Modum.
1607Yehovah Summa Totalis.
1609Humours Heav'n on Earth.
1613The Muses-Teares for the Losse of Henry, Prince of Wales.
1614An Eclogue between yong Willy the Singer of his native Pastorals, and old Wernocke his Friend.


Mirum in modum: a glimpse of Gods glorie and the soules shape. 1602.
Microcosmos: the discovery of the little world. 1603.
Wittes pilgrimage through a world of amorous sonnets and other passages. 1605.
Bien venu: Greate Britaines welcome to the Danes. 1606.
Summa totalis: an addition to Mirum in modum. 1607.
The holy roode: Christ crucified described in speaking picture. 1609.
Humours heav'n on earth; the civile warres of death; the triumph of death: the picture of the plague in 1603. 1609.
The scourge of folly: satyricall epigrammes; a descant upon English proverbes; to worthy persons; papers complaint. 1611.
The Muses sacrifice: divine meditations; rights of the living and dead. 1612.
The Muses-teares for the losse of Henry Prince of Wales. 1613.
A select second husband for Sir Thomas Overburies wife. 1616.
Wits bedlam. 1617.
The writing schoolmaster. 1620 ca.
A divine psalme; an elogie upon the patron [pattern] of scripture; divine epigrams. 1652.
Complete works, ed. A. B. Grosart. 2 vols, 1878.