1719 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Francis Quarles

Giles Jacob, in Poetical Register: or the Lives and Characters of the English Dramatick Poets (1719) 206-07.



This Gentleman was Son of James Quarles, Esq. Clerk of the Green-Cloth, and Purveyor to Queen Elizabeth. He was born at Steward, a Seat in the Parish of Rumford in Essex; from whence he was sent to Peter-House, and finish'd his Education in Christ-College, Cambridge: Afterwards he was a Member of Lincoln's-Inn, Cupbearer to the Queen of Bohemia, and Secretary to Arch-Bishop Usher. He endur'd a severe Prosecution for writing a Book call'd, The Loyal Convert. He died the Year 1644, in the Two and Fiftieth Year of his Age, and was buried in St. Foster's Church, London. He writ one Play, call'd

The Virgin Widow; a Comedy, printed in the Year 1649.

This Author writ several other Pieces, as his Emblems, A Book of Poems, in which are the Histories of Sampson, Jonah, Esther, and Job Militant; Argalus and Parthenia; Pentalogia, or The Quintessence of Meditation; The Loyal Convert, &c.