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Francis Quarles

(8 May 1592 – 8 September 1644 / Romford, Essex, England)

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Francis Quarles was an English poet most famous for his Emblem book aptly entitled Emblems.


Francis was born in Romford, Essex, (now London Borough of Havering), and baptised there on 8 May 1592. He traced his ancestry to a family settled in England before the Norman Conquest with a long history in royal service. His great-grandfather, George Quarles, was Auditor to Henry VIII, and his father, James Quarles, held several places under Elizabeth I and James I, for which he was rewarded with an estate called Stewards in Romford. His mother, Joan Dalton, was the daughter and heiress of Eldred Dalton of Mores Place, Hadham. There were eight children in the ... more »

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  • ''Like to the Artick needle, that doth guide
    The wand'ring shade by his magnetick pow'r,
    And leaves his silken Gnomon to decide
    The question of the controverted houre;''
    Francis Quarles (1592-1644), British poet. I Am My Beloved's. . . Oxford Book of Seventeenth Century Verse, The. H. J. C. Grierson and G. Bullough...
  • Even like two little bank-dividing brooks,
    That wash the pebbles with their wanton streams,
    And having ranged and searched a thousand nooks,
    Meet both at length in silver-breasted...
    Francis Quarles (1592-1644), British poet. My Beloved Is Mine. . . Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1250-1918. Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch, ed. (Ne...
  • Eternall God, O thou that onely art
    The sacred Fountain of eternall light,
    And blessed Loadstone of my better part;
    O thou my heart's desire, my soul's delight,
    Reflect upo...
    Francis Quarles (1592-1644), British poet. Now first be lov'd. . . Oxford Book of Seventeenth Century Verse, The. H. J. C. Grierson and G. Bulloug...
  • ''Disclose thy Sun beames; close thy wings, and stay;
    See, see, how I am blind, and dead, and stray,
    O thou, that art my Light, my Life, my Way.''
    Francis Quarles (1592-1644), British poet. Why dost thou shade thy lovely face? . . Oxford Book of Seventeenth Century Verse, The. H. J. C. Griers...
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