1845 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Henoch Clapham

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



HENOCH CLAPHAM wrote "A Briefe of the Bible's Historie: drawn first into English poesie, and then illustrated by apt annotations: whereto is now added a Synopsis of the Bible's Doctrine." This work was first published in 1596, and, although a very small volume, it displays great biblical knowledge. It is chiefly prose, and the prose far transcends the poetry in merit. The stanzas selected, which exhibit a brief view of Christianity, may serve as a specimen.