1720 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir John Davies

Giles Jacob, in Historical Account of the Lives and Writings of our most considerable English Poets (1720) 41.



Attorney General to Queen Elizabeth, with whom he was in great Favour, and also her successor King James the First. In his Younger Years, he applied himself to the Study of Poetry, 'till he found his Interest point him another way, and then he took up with the Laborious Studies of the Law. He wrote an Excellent Poem Intitled,

The Original Nature, and Immortality of the Soul. It is written in Alternate Rhime, was first Published in 1592. and some Years ago Revived by Mr. Tate, at the desire of the late Earl of Dorset, to whom he dedicated it. A Third Edition of it was printed in 1715.

Mr. Winstanley ascribes to this Gentleman several other Poems, (viz.) A Metaphrase on several of David's Psalms; Nosce Te ipsum; Orchestra, &c.