1690 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Lisle

Anthony Wood, Athenae Oxonienses (1690-91; 1721) 1:F 148.



I take him to be the same with Will. L'isle, who, after he had been educated in Eaton School, was admitted into the Society of King's Coll. in Cambridge an. 1584. And after he had continued some Years in the Degree of M. of A. left his Fellowship because he had Lands fallen to him at Wilburgham in Cambridgeshire. He became afterwards a rare Antiquary, one of the Esquires extraordinary of the King's Body, and published A Saxon Treatise concerning the Old and New Testament, written about the time of King Edgar (700 years ago) by Aelfricus Abbas, thought to be the same that was afterwards Archb. of Canterbury, &c. London, 1623. qu. published from an antient Copy in Sir Rob. Cotton's Library, with a large and learned Epistle to the Readers, set before it by the said L'isle. To this book he added these things following (first found out by Joh. Josselin, servant to Matthew, Archibishop of Canterbury, which had been printed in 8vo. by Joh. Day in the reign of Q. Elizabeth): 1. A Testimony of Antiquity shewing the ancient faith in the church of England, touching the sacrament of the body and blood of our Lord. It is the same with A Sermon of the Paschal Lamb (on Easter Day), and of the sacramental body and blood of Christ, &c; before which is a large and learned preface of about sixteen leaves in 8vo. written by the said Josselin, and reprinted by Lisle. 2. The words of Oeilfric Abbot of S. Albans, and also of Malmsbury, taken out of his Epistles written to Wulfsine, Bishop of Scyrburne, &c. 3. The Lord's Prayer, the Creed, and Ten Commandments in the Saxon and English Tongue. He was the same with William Lisle of Wiburgham, Esquire of the King's body, who collected four books of Du Bartas. 1. The Ark. 2. Babylon. 3. The Colonies. 4. The Columns, or Pillars, in French and English, for the instruction and pleasure of such as delight in both languages. Lond. 1637. 4to. To which is a large commentary put by S. G. B. This William Lisle died in 1637, and was buried, as I presume, at Wilburgham, before mentioned.