1769 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Henry Lawes

James Granger, in Biographical History of England (1769; 1824) 3:191.



Henry Lawes, who was the Purcell of his time, was servant to Charles I. in his public and private music. He set some of the works of almost every poet of eminence, in this reign, to such music as pleased the most judicious ears. Several of his Lyrics of Waller and the Comus of Milton were set by him; and both these poets have paid him due honour in their verses. In the time of the rebellion, he taught ladies to sing, and, upon the restoration, was restored to his places. He composed a considerable number of psalm tunes in Cantica sacra, for three voices and a organ. Many more of his compositions are to be seen in Select Aires and Dialogues, in The Treasure of Music, and the Musical Companion. Ob. Oct. 1662.