1845 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Francis Davison

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



FRANCIS DAVISON was the eldest son of William Davison, who was secretary of state and privy counsellor to Queen Elizabeth. In 1602 he published "A Poetical Rapsodie, containing diners Sonnets, Odes, Elegies, Madrigals, Epigrams, Pastorals, Eglogues, with other Poems, both in rime and measured verse." As a collection of Elizabethan poetry, this work has been always highly esteemed, and has gone through repeated editions. Davison, however, is introduced into these pages as one of the writers of "Divers Selected Psalms of David, in verse, of a different composure from those used in the Church," the MS. of which is among the Harleian Collection in the British Museum. Francis Davison was by far the largest contributor to this version of select psalms.