He was second son of the twelve children of John Hall, of Bristow Park, in the parish of Ashby de la Zouche, and was born there on 1st July, and baptized on 4th July, 1574.
Educated at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, he was appointed the first Master of Blundell's Grammar-school at Tiverton, but resigned it almost immediately on being offered the Rectory of Halsted, in Suffolk. He was then appointed to the Deanery of Worcester.
In the sequel, King Charles I. promoted him to the vacant seer of Exeter, and he was consecrated on 23rd December, 1627. His theological acumen had recommended him long before to King James I., who made him his chaplain, and commissioned him to attend the ... more »
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Joseph Hall Poems
Saw'st thou ever Siquis patcht on Pauls Church door To seek some vacant vicarage before? Who wants a churchman that can service say,
The Impecunious Fop
See'st thou how gaily my young master goes, Vaunting himself upon his rising toes; And pranks his hand upon his dagger's side;
The Kings Prophecie
What Stoick could his steely brest containe (If Zeno self, or who were made beside Of tougher mold) from being torne in twaine With the crosse Passions of this wondrous tide?
The Domestic Tudor's Position
A gentle squire would gladly entertain Into his house some trencher chapelain; Some willing man that might instruct his sons,
With some pot-fury, ravish'd from their wit, They sit and muse on some no-vulgar writ: As frozen dunghills in a winter's morn, That void of vapours seemed all beforn,
From ' Lachrymæ Lachrymarum'
Was ever nightly rainbowe seen ? Did ever winter mourne in greene ? Had that long bowe been bent by day That chased all our clouds away;
On thee, O Lord my God, relies My onely trust from bloudy spight; Of all my raging enemies Oh let thy mercy me acquite;
Who hath not walkt astray In wicked men's aduise, Nor stood in sinners' way, Nor in their companies
Comments about Joseph Hall
Saw'st thou ever Siquis patcht on Pauls Church door
To seek some vacant vicarage before?
Who wants a churchman that can service say,
Read fast and fair his monthly homily?
And wed and bury and make Christen-souls?
Come to the left-side alley of St. Paules.
Thou servile fool, why could'st thou not repair
To buy a benefice at Steeple-Fair?
There moughtest thou, for but a slendid price,
Advowson thee with some fat benefice:
Or if thee list not wait for dead mens shoon,
Nor pray each morn the incumbents days were doone:
A thousand patrons thither ready ...