1836 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir John Davies

Richard Cattermole, in Sacred Poetry of the Seventeenth Century (1836) 1:25.



SIR JOHN DAVIES was an eminent lawyer in the reigns of Queen Elizabeth and James I. His chief literary production is entitled "Nosce Teipsum, or the Soul of Man and the Immortality thereof." From this poem the ensuing extracts are taken. It is remarkable for the clear and logical conduct of the argument; and, among the productions of that age, for the smooth and equable flow of its verse.