1675 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir John Davies

Edward Phillips, in Theatrum Poetarum (1675) 2:105-06.



Sir John Davis, the Learned and well accomplisht Father of a no less learned and accomplisht Daughter the present Countess Dowager of Huntington: his Poem Nosce Teipsum, (besides which and his Orchestra publisht together with it, both the products of his younger years) I remember to have seen from the hands of the Countess a judicious Metaphrase of several of David's Psalms) is said to have made him first known to Queen Elizabeth, and afterwards brought him in favour with King James, under whose auspices addicting himself to the Study of the Common Law of England, he was made the King's First Serjeant, and afterwards his Attorney General in Ireland.