1845 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Churchyard

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



THOMAS CHURCHYARD was a celebrated writer of prose and poetry in the age of Elizabeth. His works are chiefly of a secular character. The first specimen in these pages is transcribed from "A Musicall Consort of Heavenly Harmonie, compounded out of manie parts of musicke, called Churchyard's Charitie." This work appeared in 1595, and was dedicated "To the Right Honorable Robert Devereux, Earle of Essex." The "Verses fit for every one to knowe and confesse" are an extract from a rare work in Lambeth Palace library, entitled "The Wonders of the Air:" date 1602. Churchyard contributed one of the poetical translations to the Old Version of Psalms.