1847 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir John Beaumont

Edward Farr, in Select Poetry, chiefly sacred, of the Reign of King James the First (1847) xxi.



SIR JOHN BEAUMONT was born in 1582, and died in 1623. He was the elder brother of Francis Beaumont, the celebrated colleague of Fletcher. His known poetical remains are comprised in a small volume of miscellaneous poems, of which the longest is on the battle of Bosworth Field. His contemporaries speak of his having written the "Crown of Thorns," a poem in eight books, but this is apparently lost to posterity. Winstanley, in his "Honour of Parnassus," speaks of Sir John Beaumont, as one of "the great souls of numbers," and his poems certainly possess great merit. The chief recommendation of them is, however, that they are all dedicated to the service of virtue and piety: no mean praise for a writer of the times in which he lived.