1787 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir John Beaumont

Henry Headley, in Select Beauties of Ancient English Poetry (1787) 1:xxxiv-v.



Sir John Beaumont, the best of whose works is his Bosworth Field, which merits re-publication for the easy flow of its numbers, and the spirit with which it is written. In the early part of his life he dedicated many of his hours to various translations, which together with other pieces, were all collected and published after his death by his son. He was descended from an ancient family at Grace-Dieu, in Leicestershire, and was admitted, at fourteen years of age, a gentleman commoner of Broadgate Hall, Oxon. In 1596 he removed from hence to one of the inns of court, but soon, quitted the study of the law, and, retiring to his native place, married one of the Fortescue family. He was knighted in 1626 by King Charles, and died in 1628. His poems were ushered into the world by complimentary verses from Tho. Neveill, Th. Hawkins, Ben Jonson, M. Drayton, and Ph. King.

The best of his works is Bosworth-field, which merits republication for the easy flow of its numbers, and the spirit with which it is written. In the early part of his days he dedicated many of his hours to various translations, which, together with his other pieces, were all collected and published after his death by his son.