1640 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Peter Heylyn

Sir W. Spring, ca. 1640; in William J. Thoms, Anecdotes and Traditions (1889) 32-33.



Reily, preaching upon this text, Job 1. v. 7, it fortun'd that Heylin, of Oxford, who wrote a booke of Cosmography, and another about the Sabbath, was there as auditor: "Now," says Reily, upon the analyzing his text, "if ye would know who it was that went thus to and fro, and compassed the earth, it was that Geographical Knave, the Devil I mean." But few understood him so, for though his eye went another way, his finger was point blanke upon Heylin.