The son of the antiquary Thomas Habington (1560-1647), William Habington was educated in Jesuit schools at St. Omer's and Paris. Rejecting the priesthood, he returned to England and later married Lucy Herbert, whom he praises in Castara. Habington was an acquaintance of Ben Jonson, William Davenant, and James Shirley. He enjoyed an enduring reputation; George Ellis describes the poems of Castara as "remarkable for their unaffected tenderness and moral merit" Specimens of Early English Poetry (1801).
Castara. 1634, 1635, 1640.
The Queen of Arragon. A tragi-comedie. 1640.
The historie of Edward the Fourth, King of England. 1640.
Observations on historie. 1641.
Poems, ed. Elton. 1814.
Poems, ed. Kenneth Allott. 1948.