1845 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Davies of Hereford

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



JOHN DAVIES — usually called "John Davies of Hereford, to distinguish him from Sir John Davies — was a contemporary of Sir Philip Sidney. His poetical works are numerous: consisting of "Microcosmos," "Summa Totalis, or All in All, and the same for ever;" "The Holy Roode, or Christ's Cross: containing Christ crucified, described in speaking picture;" "The Muses' Sacrifice, or Divine Meditations;" "The Scourge of Folly;" "Humours Heav'n on Earth; with the civil warres of Death and Fortune;" "Witte's Pilgrimage, by poetical essaies, through a world of Amorous Sonnets, Soulo's Passions, and other passages, divine, philosophical, and moral:" etc., etc. From these various works the specimens in this volume are derived.