1836 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir John Beaumont

Richard Cattermole, in Sacred Poetry of the Seventeenth Century (1836) 2:101.



Is the first volume of the "Sacred Poetry of the Seventeenth Century," a remark occurred respecting the fecundity of the poetic vein, in the family of Fletcher: it is singular, that the same remark applies with equal force to that of Beaumont — imperishably joined with it in our literature. No less than seven writers of verse, of the latter family, are known to the readers of English poetry.

The present writer was the elder brother of Francis Beaumont, the celebrated colleague of Fletcher. His known poetical remains are comprised in a small volume of miscellaneous pieces, of which the longest is on the battle of "Bosworth Field;" but besides these, a poem, in eight books, called the "Crown of Thorns," is spoken of as his production by contemporary writers. The poems of Sir J. Beaumont are by no means destitute of literary merit; but his estimable little volume has a farther, and, for those times, a far more uncommon recommendation, in being wholly free from indelicate terms or allusions, and dedicated in every part to the service of virtue and piety.