1847 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir John Stradling

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



SIR JOHN STRADLING wrote "Beati Pacifici: a Divine Poem," which was published in 1623. This work is thus dedicated to King James: "To the Sacred Majestie of my dread Sovereign Lord the King:

These verses present to your royal view,
Presumed not to presse into this roome:
Both brought as prisoners to receive from you,
Or death or life, as likes you best, the doome.
Thus the Author and his rimes both prostrate lie,
And as your highness says, say they they and I."

At a later date the poetical knight published a volume of Divine Poems.