1662 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Robert Burton

Thomas Fuller, in History of the Worthies of England (1662) 2:134.



ROBERT BURTON, his [William Burton's] younger brother, born Febr. 8. 1575. afterwards student of Christs-Church, Oxon. and batchellor of Divinity. He wrote an excellent book (commonly called, Democritus Junior) of the Anatomy of Melancholy (none to the Native, to describe a Countrey) wherein he hath piled up variety of much excellent Learning. On whose Tomb is this Epitaph.

Paucis notus, paucioribus ignotus;
Hic jacet Democritus junior,
Cui vitam pariter et mortem
Dedit Melancholia.

Scarce any Book of Philology in our Land hath in so short a time passed so many Impressions. He died Rector of Segrave (presented by his Patron George Lord Berkeley) in this County, about 1636.