1690 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. William Slatyer

Anthony Wood, Athenae Oxonienses (1690-91; 1721) 2:111.



WILLIAM SLATYER, a Somersetshire Man born, was matriculated as a Gentleman's Son of that County, and a Member of St. Mary's Hall in Lent Term, an. 1600, aged 13 Years. Whence translating himself to Brasen-nose Coll. was entred there as a Plebeian's Son of the same County in July 1607. The next Year he took a Degree in Arts, was made Fellow of the said Coll. proceeded in that Faculty 1611, entred into holy Orders, was soon after beneficed, and in 1623 took the Degrees in Divinity, being then in good esteem for his Knowledge in English History, and his excellent vein in Lat. and English Poetry. His Works are these,

[Greek characters], sive Pandionium in peretuam serenissimam simul ac beatissimam principis Annae nuper Angliae Reginae memoriam.

Elegies and Epitaphs by W. S. late Servant and Chaplain to her Majesty. Lond. 1619. in 4 sheets in qu. The running Title on the top of every page is Threnodia Brittannica. These Elegies and Epitaphs consist of Hebrew, Greek, Latin, and English verses; they are printed in several Forms, some like Pillars, some circular, some Chronogrammatically.

Palae-Albion: or, the History of Great Britain from the first peopling of this Island to the Reign of King James. Lond. 1621. fol. in Lat. and Engl. verse, the Lat. on one side and the English on the other; with various marginal Notes on the English side, relating to English History and Antiquity.

Psalms or Songs of Sion, turn'd into the Language, and set to the Tunes of a strange Land — Printed at London, but when I know not, because not set down in the Title.

Psalms in four Languages and in four Parts, set to the tunes of our Church — Printed at Lond. in tw. engraven on Copper.

Genethliacon, sive Stemma Regis Jacobi — Lond. 1630. 'Tis in a thin fol. in Lat. and Engl. and the Genealogy is derived from Adam. What other things he hath published I know not, nor any thing else of him, only that he giving way to fate at Otterden in Kent, where he was then, or before (as I presume) beneficed, in the Month of Oct. or Nov. in sixteen hundred forty and seven, was there buried, leaving behind him a Widow named Sarah.