PHINEAS FLETCHER, the brother of Giles Fletcher, was born in 1584, and died in 1650. He was a clergyman of the Church of England; having the living of Hilgay, in Norfolk, which was presented to him by Sir Henry Willoughby. The principal poem of this author is "The Purple Island," a poem in twelve cantos, containing an allegorical description of the body and soul of man. As a whole, this poem would not suit the taste of the modern reader, but it abounds with rich and picturesque passages. Besides this poem, Phineas Fletcher wrote "Piscatory Eclogues," and translated a few of the Psalms of David in verse.