Samuel Daniel


Samuel Daniel studied at Magdalen College Oxford (1581-84) under his future brother-in-law, John Florio. He served in France under Stafford and Walsingham (1586) and in the household of the Mary Sidney, Countess of Pembroke as tutor to William Herbert (1592-94). Daniel afterwards held a variety of positions at court. Edmund Spenser in Colin Clouts Come Home Againe praises Daniel as "A new shepheard late up sprung, | The which doth all afore him far surpasse." As a licenser of plays, he was involved with court festivities during the reign of James I. Daniel ended his life living in retirement at his Wiltshire farm.


1592Sonnet XLVI. ["Let others sing of Knights and Palladines."]
1594Sonnet LVI. ["As to the Roman that would free his Land."]
1594Sonnet XXII. ["Come Time the anchor-hold of my desire."]
1594To the Right honorable, the Lady Mary, Countesse of Pembrooke.
1594To the Right Honourable, the Lady Marie, Countesse of Pembrooke.
1599Musophilus: containing a Generall Defence of All Learning.
1599The Civill Wars of England.
1599To the right Honourable and most vertuous Ladie, the Ladie Margaret Countesse of Cumberland.
1601Sonnet XX. ["What it is to breathe and live without life."]
1601Sonnet XXIX. ["Still in the trace of one perplexed thought."]
1601Sonnet XXXII. ["And yet I cannot reprehend the flight."]


The worthy tract of Paulus Jovius contayning a discourse of imprese. 1585.
Delia, in Syr P. S. his Astrophel and Stella; other sonnets of divers gentlemen. 1591.
Complaynt of Rosamund. 1592.
Cleopatra. 1594.
The first fowre bookes of the civile warrs; the fift booke. 1595.
Musophilus. 1599.
A panegyrick congratulatorie. 1603.
A defence of ryme. 1603.
The true description of a royal masque. 1604.
The tragedie of Philotas. 1605.
The Queenes Arcadia: a pastorall trage-comedie. 1606.
A funerall poeme uppon the Earle of Devonshyre. 1606.
Tethys festival, in The order of the creation of Prince Henrie, Prince of Wales. 1610.
The first part of the historie of England. 1612.
Hymens triumph: a pastorall tragicomaedie. 1615.
The whole works in poetry. 1623.
An introduction to a breviary of the history of England. 1693.
Poetical works. 2 vols, 1718.
Works, ed. A. B. Grosart. 5 vols, 1885-96.