1845 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Barnabe Barnes

Edward Farr, in Select Poetry chiefly devotional of the Reign of Queen Elizabeth (1845) xv-xvi.



BARNABY BARNES was a younger son of Dr. Richard Barnes, bishop of Durham. He was born in Yorkshire, about the year 1569, and at the age of seventeen he became a student of Brasenose College, Oxford. He left the university without a degree, and Wood says that he knew not what became of him afterwards. It appears, however, that in 1595 he accompanied a military expedition into Normandy, to aid the king of France, in which country he remained until 1594. Barnes wrote "A Divine Centurie of Spiritual Sonnets," which work issued from the press in 1595.