ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
Bp. Joseph Hall
, "Upon the B. of Exon. Doct Hall his Meditations" The Purple Island (1633) 83-84.
Bp. Joseph Hall:
1598: Rev. Francis Meres
1599: Rev. John Marston
1603: Henry Chettle
1610 ca.: Rev. Phineas Fletcher
1611 ca.: John Davies of Hereford
1614: Joshua Sylvester
1640 ca.: Rev. Robert Herrick
1752: Thomas Gray
1781: Rev. Thomas Warton
1782: Rev. Joseph Warton
1795: Dr. Robert Anderson
1795 ca.: Bp. Richard Hurd
1799: An Old Englishman
1800: Dr. Nathan Drake
1819: William Hazlitt
1824: Rev. Thomas Frognall Dibdin
1824: Bryan Waller Procter
1834: Robert Aris Willmott
1837: Henry Hallam
1843: John Holland
1847: Edward Farr
1859: David Masson
1860: George Gilfillan
1866: John Payne Collier
1880: John Churton Collins
1882: Epes Sargent
Rev. Phineas Fletcher:
1610: Rev. Giles Fletcher
1610 ca.: Bp. Joseph Hall
1623 ca.: Rev. Giles Fletcher
1632: Rev. Giles Fletcher
Most wretched soul, that here carowsing pleasure,
Hath all his heav'n on earth; and ne're distressed
Enjoyes these fond delights without all measure,
And freely living thus, is thus deceased!
Ah greatest curse, so to be ever blessed!
For where to live is heav'n, 'tis hell to die.
Ah wretch, that here begins hells miserie!
Most blessed soul, that lifted up with wings
Of faith and love, leaves this base habitation,
And scorning sluggish earth, to heav'n up springs;
On earth, yet still in heav'n by meditation;
With the souls eye foreseeing th' heav'nly station:
Then 'gins his liefe, when he's of life bereaven.
Ah blessed soul, that here begins his heaven!