1812 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Christopher Brooke

Samuel Egerton Brydges and Joseph Haslewood, in British Bibliographer 3 (1812) xvii.



Christopher Brooke, a native of Yorkshire, who after he left the university, (whether Cambridge, or Oxford is not known) settled at Lincoln's Inn to advance himself in the law, where he contracted a friendship with Selden, Jonson, Drayton, Browne, Wither, and John Davies of Hereford, especially after he had just published An Elegy consecrated to the never-dying memory of Henry Prince of Wales; Lond. 1613 4to. In the year following, being then a bencher, he was elected summer reader of his house, became a benefactor to the chapel there, and wrote another book entitled Eclogues, dedicated to his much-loved friend Mr. William Browne, of the Inner Temple, Lond. 1614, 8vo. He has also verses before Browne's Britannia's Pastorals, and before Drayton's Legend of Cromwell; and had a considerable hand in dressing out the Odcombian Banquet, 1611. He also wrote A Funeral Poem, to the memory of Sir Arthur Chichester, Lord Belfast, 1625, still in MS. of which an account is given in the Bibliographer, II. 235.