1861 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Bosworth

Thomas Corser, in Collectanea Anglo-Poetica II (1861) 322-23.



Bosworth is not noticed by either Ellis or Campbell, although superior to some of the writers introduced by them into their collections. He was descended from an ancient and honourable family named Boxworth, or Bosworth, seated at Boxworth, near Harrington in Cambridgeshire. In his poem Hinc Lachrime, or the Author to Aurora, written when he "scarce had twice ten winters told," and addressed to the object of his unsuccessful affection, under the poetical name of Azile, who appears to have been a lady of high birth and some wealth, he says, alluding to his own descent:

Is it thy birth that makes thee thus disdaine me?
O scorn me not, I come of Noble Line
For by the Norman Duke our browes were crown'd
With Laurell branches, and our names renown'd.

He was born in 1607, and died not later than 1651, but probably earlier. Granger is in error in fixing his death between that year and 1653, as he was already dead when this volume was published in 1651. Two persons of this name, Edward Bosworth gent. and Thomas Bosworth gent., were created LL.D. at Oxford February 21, 1642; but whether related to the poet or not we do not know. Phillips, in his Theatrum Poetarum, is not very complimentary to Bosworth in his notice of this poem, "which," says he, "from the very brink of oblivion (nor had the loss been very great) hath accidentally met with the good fortune to be here remembered."

Prefixed to the volume is a portrait of the author aetatis 30, 1637, engraved by G. Glover, which has been re-engraved, and concerning which copy see Haslewood's edition of Drunken Barnabee's Journal, 8vo London 1820, p. 33; and the Gent. Mag. vol. lxxxi, pt. ii. p. 125.