1769 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Robert Aylett

James Granger, in Biographical History of England (1769; 1824) 3:30.



Robert Aylett was educated at Trinity Hall, in Cambridge, where, in 1614, he commenced doctor of laws. It was his usual practice to relax himself after his severer studies with poetry. Beside the book just mentioned [Divine and Moral Speculations], he wrote Susanna, or the Arraignment of the two Elders, in verse, Lond. 1622, 8vo. Mr. Wood starts a question, whether he was author of Britannia Antiqua Illustrata, or the Antiquities of ancient Britain derived from the Phoenicians, published under the name of Aylett Sammes; but said to be written by his uncle. Certain it is that the nominal author was unequal to it; though much learning and labour have been spent on that wild work to very little purpose.