ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Francis Davison

(1575 ca.-1621)


Francis Davison, the son of Queen Elizabeth's secretary of state, William Davison, entered Emmanuel College Cambridge as a fellow-commoner in 1586. He was admitted to Gray's Inn in 1593 and traveled abroad (1595-97). He contributed to The Masque of Proteus at Gray's Inn, thought to show the influence of Spenser's Marriage of the Thames and Medway. Davison is known for his anthology of Elizabethan verse, A Poetical Rhapsody, which contains about 80 of his own poems.


TEXT RECORDS:

1602I. Eglogue.
1602To Samuel Daniel Prince of English Poets.

PUBLICATIONS:

A poetical rhapsody. 1602.
Poetical rhapsody, ed. Egerton Brydges. 3 vols, 1814-17.
Poetical rhapsody, ed. Nicholas Harris Nicholas. 1826.
Psalms; translated by Francis and Christopher Davison. 1826.