1860 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Robert Aylett

Thomas Corser, in Collectanea Anglo-Poetica 1 (1860) 99.



Dr. Robert Aylett, the author of Susanna and of this volume of poetry of somewhat unfrequent occurrence [Divine and Moral Speculations], was born in 1584, and was educated at Trinity Hall in Cambridge, of which university he became Doctor of Laws in 1614. He devoted himself to the study of his profession, and was made one of the Masters in Chancery, and also appointed Master of the Faculties on the death of Sir Charles Caesar in 1642. He amused himself in his leisure hours with the company of the Muses, of which relaxation the present rather thick octavo volume was the fruit. It is ornamented opposite to the title with a portrait, engraved by Cross, of himself aet. 51, 1635, in his master's gown and ruff.