1804 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir John Davies

Isaac D'Israeli, "Sir John Davies" The Monthly Magazine 18 (August 1804) 43.



He was attorney general of Ireland, and a very voluminous writer on the affairs of that kingdom. His Discoverie of the true Causes why Ireland was never entirely subdued to the Crown of England 'till the Beginning of his Majesty's reign, London, 1612, 4to. is well known. The full-length picture of a man in a brown night gown, in the late Mr. Soame Jenyns's Hall, at Bothesham, in Cambridgeshire, with a scroll in one hand, on which is written, Nosce Teipsum, has been taken for a portrait of him.