ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Robert Aylett

(1583-1655)


Robert Aylett was born in Rivenhall, Essex and studied at Trinity Hall Cambridge (B.A. 1605, M.A. 1608, LL.D 1614); he was incorporated at Oxford in 1608, where he was Master of the Faculties (1642). He was elected to Doctors Commons in 1617 and was a master of the high court of Chancery (1638-55). Aylett held a variety of posts under the patronage of Archibishop Laud, chiefly in the strongly Puritan county of Essex. A man of Calvinist convictions, he continued to serve under Cromwell until his death in 1655. Frederick M. Padelford suggests that the verses by "W. B. Affinis-domesticus" prefacing Aylett's Song of Songs may be by William Browne of Tavistock.


TEXT RECORDS:

1615The Valiant Welshman.
1621The Brides Ornaments: Meditat. I. Of Heavenly Love.
1621The Brides Ornaments: Meditat. I. Of Justice and Righteousness.
1621The Brides Ornaments: Meditat. II. Of Humilitie.
1621The Brides Ornaments: Meditat. II. Of Truth.
1621The Brides Ornaments: Meditat. III. Of Mercy.
1621The Brides Ornaments: Meditat. III. Of Repentance.
1621The Brides Ornaments: Meditat. IIII. Of Faith.
1621The Brides Ornaments: Meditat. IIII. Of Patience.
1621The Brides Ornaments: Meditat. V. Of Fortitude.
1621The Brides Ornaments: Meditat. V. Of Hope.
1621The Song of Songs.
1621The Song of Songs: The Proeme.
1621To the right reverend Father in God, John, Lord Bishop of London.
1622Peace with her Foure Garders: Meditation 1. Of Peace and Concord.
1622Peace with her Foure Garders: Meditation 2. Of Chastitie.
1622Peace with her Foure Garders: Meditation 3. Of Constancy.
1622Peace with her Foure Garders: Meditation 4. Of Courtesie, or Humanity.
1622Peace with her Foure Garders: Meditation 5. Of Gravitie.
1622Susanna: or, the Arraignment of the two Unjust Elders.
1622Thrifts Equipage: Meditation 1. Of Frugality, or Thrift.
1622Thrifts Equipage: Meditation 2. Of Providence.
1622Thrifts Equipage: Meditation 3. Of Diligence.
1622Thrifts Equipage: Meditation 4. Of Labour and Care.
1622Thrifts Equipage: Meditation 5. Of Death.
1622To the right honorable, William, Lord Maynard, my very good Lord.
1625The Brides Ornaments: Meditat. I. Knowledge.
1625The Brides Ornaments: Meditat. I. Of Wisdome and Prudence.
1625The Brides Ornaments: Meditat. II. Of Obedience.
1625The Brides Ornaments: Meditat. II. Of Zeale and godly Jealosie.
1625The Brides Ornaments: Meditat. III. Of Meeknesse.
1625The Brides Ornaments: Meditat. III. Of Temperance.
1625The Brides Ornaments: Meditat. IIII. Gods Word.
1625The Brides Ornaments: Meditat. IIII. Of Bountie.
1625The Brides Ornaments: Meditat. V. Of Prayer.
1625The Brides Ornaments: Meditat. V. Of Spirituall and Heav'nly Joy.
1625Urania, or the Heavenly Muse.
1633A Wife not made but bespoken: The First Eglogue.
1633A Wife not made but bespoken: The Second Eglogue.
1633A Wife not made but bespoken: The Third Eglogue.
1653A Wife not made, but bespoken: The Fourth Eglogue.
1654To the right honourable Henry Lord Marquesse of Dorchester: and his incomparable Lady.

PUBLICATIONS:

A brief chronologie of the Holie Scriptures. 1600.
The Song of songs, which was Salomons ... with certain of the brides ornaments. 1621.
Peace with her four garders. 1622.
Susanna: or the arraignment of the two unjust elders. 1622.
Thrifts equipage: viz. five divine and morall meditations. 1622.
Joseph: or Pharoah's favorite. 1623.
D[avids] troubl[es] remembered. 1638.
A wife not ready made but bespoken. 1653.
Divine and moral speculations, in metrical numbers. 1654.
Devotions. 1655.