1877 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Henry Fitzgeffrey

Thomas Corser, in Collectanea Anglo-Poetica 6 (1877) 356-57.



The author of these Epigrams and Satires was Henry Fitzgeffrey, son of the preceding Charles Fitzgeffrey, who, as we have seen, was himself a writer of epigrams, as well as of religious poetry. This we learn from the following lines by Nath. Gurlyn, prefixed to the First Book of Satyres of "His deare Friend the Author H. F.:—

Of what is heere thou'lt not have any write
Prayses: that willing, would: and justly might,

Permit me then! For I'le Praise what I see
Deficient heere (thy name Fitz-Jeoffery.)

Where English Fitz aright, and I ha' done
So rightly art thou called Jeoffereyes-Sonne.

Then adde time age but to thy industry
In thee againe will live Old-Jeoffery.

The volume is extremely curious, and throws much light on the literature and customs of the time.