1690 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Charles Fitzgeffrey

Anthony Wood, Athenae Oxonienses (1690-91; 1721) 1:606-07.



CHARLES FITZ-GEFFREY, or Fitz-Geoffry (Son of Alex. Fitz-Geoffry) was born of a genteel Family in the County of Cornwall, became a Commoner of Broadgate's Hall in 1592, aged 17, took the degrees in Arts, entred into the Theological function, and at length became Rector of S. Dominick in his own Country, where he was esteemed a grave and learned Divine, as before he was, while resident at the University, an excellent Latin Poet. His works are,

The life and death of Sir Francis Drake. — Which being written in lofty Verse, when he was Bachelor of Arts, he was by those of his time called The high towering Falcon.

Affaniae sive Epigrammata lib. 3; Cenotaphia lib. 1. Oxon. 1601. in oct.

Divers Sermons, as (1) Death's Sermon unto the living; delivered at the funerals of Philippa late Wife of Sir Anth. Rouse of Halton in Cornwall, on Eccles. 7.2. Lond. 1620. qu. dedicated to Joh. Pym. Esq; (2) Elisha his lamentation, &c. Sermon at the funeral of Sir. Ant. Rous late of Halton in Cornwall Knight, on 2 Kings 2.12. Lond. 1627. qu. (3) The curse of Corn-hoarders; with a blessing of seasonable selling, in three Sermons, on Prov 11.26. Lond. 1631. qu. (4) The blessed birth day celebrated in some religious meditations on the Angels anthem, Luke 2.14. Oxon. 1634. and 36. qu. second edition. To which are added, Holy Transportations in contemplating some of the most observable adjuncts about our Saviour's nativity. (5) Compassion towards captives, chiefly towards our brethren and countrymen, who are in miserable bondage in Barbary: urged and published in three Sermons, on Heb. 13.3 at Plymouth in Octob. 1636. Oxon. 1637. oct. He hath also made, as 'tis said, A collection of choice Flowers and Descriptions, as well out of his, as the works of several others, the most renowned Poets of our Nation: collected about the beginning of the reign of K. James I. but this, tho' I have been many years seeking after, yet I cannot get a sight of it. He died in the Parsonage house at S. Dominick before-mention'd, and was buried under the Communion Table in the Chancel of the Church at that place, on the 22. Febr. in sixteen hundred thirty and six. In which Church, tho' there be no memory by writing remaining of him, yet others have celebrated it in their respective works. Rob. Chamberlaine his sometimes acquaintance hath bestowed an Epitaph upon him in his Epigrams and Epitaphs, printed with his Nocturnal Lucubrations. John Dunbar also a Scot, who was known to, hath an Epigram on him, his worth and learning. And among others also must not be forgotten his familiar friend Robert Hayman, who in his Quodlibets and Epigrams doth stile him learned and witty, and a most excellent Poet, but whereas he stiles him Bach. of Div. I cannot find it so mentioned in the public Registers, and therefore, I presume, if he was so, that Degree was conferr'd upon him elsewhere. In the Chancel of St. Dominc above-mention'd was buried by his Father John the Son of this Charles Fitz-Geffrey, he was of Gloucester Hall I think.