1821 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Robert Farley

Joseph Robertson, in Lives of Scottish Poets (1821-22) 6:125.



In 1638, there was printed, at London, "for William Hope, and to be sold at the Unicorne, neare the Royal Exchange," — Kalendarium Humanae Vitae. The Kalendar of Man's Life. Authore, Roberto Farleo, Scoto-Britanno. 12mo. This rhyming Kalendar, of two versions, begins in March, or man's birth; then follow April, or man's infancy; May, or man's childhood, &c. February is occupied with long epitaphs, on Methusalem, Abraham, Sampson, and other ancient worthies. It is all in a very bad taste, though not entirely devoid of fancy. Fairlie is also the author of a poem, entitled Lychnocausia sive Moralia, Facum Emblemata; Lights, Moral Emblems. London, 1638. 12mo. It is, like the other poem, of two versions, Latin and English.

Some Latin verses, by Fairlie, are prefixed to Kennedy's Callanthrop and Lucilla. Edinburgh, 1626. Among the printed books in the British Museum, there occurs Naulogia sive Iventa Navis; Authore, Robert Farleo, Londini, Typis Tho. Cotis. 4to. no date. It is a poem, tracing the Progress of Navigation, from the aera of the Deluge, and is inscribed in verse as well as prose, to Sir Robert Ayton.