The son of a vicar choral of Salisbury Cathedral, Henry Lawes (brother of the composer William Lawes, b. 1602) was educated at the cathedral before entering the household of Edward Seymour, Earl of Hertford. In 1625 he obtained a position at the Chapel Royal under the patronage of the Earl of Pembroke. It was likely through his capacity as a musician that Lawes became acquainted with John Milton, with whom he collaborated on Comus. In 1633 he supplied the music for Thomas Carew's masque, "Coelum Britannicum." He is buried in Westminster Abbey.
1640 ca.[Musical Setting of Amoretti 8.]
Ayres and dialogues: the first booke. 1653.
The second book of ayres, and dialogues. 1655.
Ayres and dialogues: the third book. 1658.