Thomas Churchyard

(1525 ca.-1604)

The long-lived Thomas Churchyard was page to Henry, earl of Surrey and served as a soldier in Scotland and Ireland (under Earl Grey), in France and the Low Countries. He obtained a pension from Queen Elizabeth, but was reduced to earning a living by writing. Churchyard published some sixty books and pamphlets over a fifty year period. Edmond Malone's identification of Thomas Churchyard as the "Harpalus" in Spenser's Colin Clout's Come Home Againe has been rejected.


1593A Newe Kinde of a Sonnet.
1595A Praise of Poetrie.


Churchyard-Camel flyting. c. 1552.
A Myrour for man. 1552.
A farewell cauld Churcheyeards rounde. 1566.
A greater thanks for Churchyardes welcome home. 1566.
Churchyardes farewell. 1566.
Churchyardes lamentacion of freyndshyp. 1566.
The epitaphe of the Earle of Pembroke. 1570.
Come bring in Maye with me: a discourse of rebellion. 1570.
The thre first bookes of Ovids De tristibus translated. 1572.
The whole order how Queen Elizabeth was received into the City of Bristol. 1575.
The firste parte of Churcheyardes Chippes. 1575.
A prayse of maister M. Forboishers voyage to Meta Incognita. 1578.
A discourse of the Queenes Majesties entertainement in Suffolk and Norffolk. 1578.
A lamentable description of the wofull warres in Flaunders. 1578.
The miserie of Flaunders, calamitie of Fraunce, misfortune of Portugal. 1579.
The moste true reporte of James Fitz Morrice death. 1579.
A warning for the wise of the late earthquake. 1580.
A plaine report of the takying of Macklin. 1580.
A scourge for rebels. 1584.
The epitaph of Sir Phillip Sidney. 1587.
The worthines of Wales. 1587.
A sparke of friendship. 1588.
A handfull of gladsome verses given to the Queenes Majesty at Woodstocke. 1592.
A pleasant conceite presented to the Queenes Majestie. 1593.
Giacomi di Grassi his true arte of defence englished by I. G. 1594.
The miror of man; and manners of men. 1594.
A musicall consort called Churchyards charitie: a praise of poetrie out of Sir Phillip Sidney. 1595.
The honor of the lawe. 1596.
A sad funerall of Sir F. Knowles. 1596.
A pleasant discourse of Court and wars called his cherrishing: a commendation of those that serve prince and countrie. 1596.
The welcome home of the Earle of Essex. 1598.
A wished reformation of wicked rebellion. 1598.
The fortunate farewel to the Earle of Essex. 1599.
The wonders of the ayre, the trembling of the earth. 1602.
A true discourse of the Governours in the Netherlands and the civill warres there. 1602.
Sorrowful verses on [the] death of Queene Elizabeth. 1604.
Churchyards good will: an epitaph for the Abp of Canterbury. 1604.
Churchyard's Chips, ed. George Chalmers. 1817.