1802 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Habington

Anonymous, in Poetical Register for 1801 (1802; 1815) 182.



WILLIAM HABINGTON, son of Thomas Habington, of Hindlip, in Worcestershire, by Mary, sister to William Parker, Lord Monteagle, was born at Hindlip, 4 Nov. 1605, educated at St. Omer's and Paris, and after his return, instructed in history by his father, who was a learned and ingenious man. In 1653 he published his poems under the title of Castara, the name by which he celebrated the lady, whom he afterwards married — Lucia, daughter of William Herbert, Lord Powis. He was author also of the Queen of Arragon, a Tragi-comedy — of Observations on History, Lond. 1641. 8vo. — and of the History of Edw. IV. King of England. Lond. 1640. fol. which the critics thought written in a stile too florid, rather becoming a poetical than historical subject. Wood accuses Habington of running with the times, and courting Cromwell. He died 30 Nov. 1654. See Wood's Ath. II. III. and Nash's Worcestershire. Of all the forgotten poets, Habington, whose elegance, imagery, and moral pathos, are often very conspicuous, seems least to have deserved his fate.