1771 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Phineas Fletcher

Alexander Fraser Tytler, in Fletcher, Piscatory Eclogues (1771) viii.



Phineas Fletcher was the son of GILES FLETCHER Doctor of Laws, Secretary to the city of London, and one of the Masters of the Court of Requests; a learned man, and, as well as his son, a good poet. He was sent ambassador from Q. Elizabeth to Muscovy, to conclude a league with the Emperor, and afterwards went as her commissioner to Scotland. — PHINEAS was bred to the church, and had the rectorship of Hilgay in Norfolk. — Besides these Eclogues, he wrote the PURPLE ISLAND, an allegorical poem on the moral and physical nature of man, and a small work in prose De literatis antiquae Britanniae. He was cousin to Fletcher the dramatic writer.