1812 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Robert Aylett

Alexander Chalmers, in General Biographical Dictionary (1812-17) 3:204.



ROBERT AYLETT, master in chancery, was educated in Trinity hall, Cambridge, where in 1614 he commenced LL.D. It was his usual practice to relax himself after his severer studies with poetry. Besides his Divine and Moral Speculations in verse, London, 1654, 8vo, 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, 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 it to very little purpose. The Censura Literaria attributes to Dr. Aylett four pastoral eclogues, entitled A Wife not ready made, but bespoken: the dedication of which is signed R. A. and the second edition was published in 1653, 8vo.