1662 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Hugh Holland

Thomas Fuller, in History of the Worthies of England (1662) 3:16.



HUGH HOLLAND was born in Wales, and bred first a Scholar in Westminster, then Fellow in Trinity College in Cambridge. No bad English but a most excellent Latine Poet. Indeed, he was addicted to the New-old Religion; New, in comparison of Truth it self; yet Old, because confessed of long continuance. He travelled beyond the Seas, and in Italy (conceiving himself without Ear-reach of the English,) let flie freely against the Credit of Queen Elizabeth. Hence he went to Jerusalem, though there he was not made, or he would not own himself, Knight of the Sepulchre. In his return he touched at Constantinople, where Sir Thomas Glover Embassador for King James, called him to an account for his Scandalum Reginae at Rome, and the former over freedome of his tongue, cost him the confinement for a time in Prison. Enlarged at last, returning into England with his good parts bettered by learning, and great learning increased with experience in travell; he expected presently to be chosen Clerk of the Counsell at least, but preferment not answering his expectation, he grumbled out the rest of his life in visible discontentment. He made verses in description of the chief Cities in Europe, wrote the Chronicle of Queen Elizabeths raign (believe him older and wiser, not railing as formerly,) and a book of the Life of Master Camden, all lying hid in private hands, none publikey printed. This I observe, the rather, to prevent Plagiaries, that others may not impe their credit with stollen feathers, and wrongfully with ease pretend to his painfull endeavours. He had a competent estate in good Candle-rents in London; and died about the beginning of the raign of King Charles.