1769 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Gabriel Harvey

James Granger, in Biographical History of England (1769; 1824) 3:133.



Gabriel Harvey, born about 1545, of a good family, and nearly related to Sir Thomas Smith, was educated at Christ's College, Cambridge, where he took both his degrees of arts. He was afterward proctor of the university. Having applied himself to the study of the civil law, in 1585, he took his degree in that faculty, and practiced as an advocate in the prerogative court of Canterbury, at London. Towards the latter part of his life, he began to study astrology, and finally turned almanack-maker; in which capacity he was severely ridiculed by Thomas Nash and Robert Green, who, as Wood says, did inhumanely trample upon him, when he lay full low in his grave. Wood says, he was esteemed an ingenious man in his age. Spenser, the poet, was his intimate friend; from whom we learn that he was highly esteemed by the all-accomplished Sir Philip Sidney and Mr. Dye. Mr. Upton is of opinion, that his poem prefixed to the Fairy Queen, and signed Hobbinol, would, if he had written nothing else, have rendered him immortal. Ob. 1630. See Sir Egerton Brydges's Restitutor, for several curious works relating to Dr. Harvey.