1812 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Christopher Brooke

Joseph Haslewood, in British Bibliographer 2 (1812) 235-36.



Christopher Brooke was, according to Wood, born in Yorkshire. After he left the University, (whether Oxford or Cambridge seems uncertain) he entered of Lincoln's Inn, where he became the chamber fellow of the celebrated Dr. Donne. His friendship with that writer appears to have involved him in some difficulty; as himself and brother were arbitrarily imprisoned along with Donne, in consequence of his secret marriage with the daughter of Sir George Moor. As a writer he became first known to the wits by an Elegy on Prince Henry, printed 1613. And Wood also mentions Eclogues dedicated to his friend Will. Brown, 1614, before whose Britannia's Pastorals, he has a short poem; and another before the first edition of Drayton's Legend of Cromwell. He had also a considerable hand in dishing out The Odcombian Banquet, An. 1611.