1845 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Nicholas Breton

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



Little is known of this poet, but Bishop Percy says he was of some fame in the reign of Queen Elizabeth. He is known to be the author of several works, and many are ascribed to him which appeared anonymously. Those from which the annexed specimens are derived are entitled: "A small Haudfull of Fragrant Flowers gathered out of the lonely garden of Sacred Scriptures, fit for any honorable or worshippfull gentlewomen to smell to;" "An Olde Man's Lesson;" "An excellent Poeme upon the longing of a blessed heart: which loathing the world, doth long to be with Christ;" "The Soule's immortall Crown; consisting of seaven glorious graces. 1. Virtue. 2. Wisdome. 3. Love. 4. Constancie. 5. Patience. 6. Humilitie. 7. Infiniteness;" with a conclusion entitled Gloria in Excelsis Deo; and a small volume of sonnets, entitled "The Soule's Harmony."