Joseph Hall Poems
- The Impecunious Fop See'st thou how gaily my young master ...
- On Simony Saw'st thou ever Siquis patcht on Pauls Church ...
- The Kings Prophecie What Stoick could his steely brest ...
- The Domestic Tudor's Position A gentle squire would gladly ...
- Virgidemarium (Excerpt) With some pot-fury, ravish'd from...
- From ' Lachrymæ Lachrymarum' Was ever nightly rainbowe seen ...
- Psalm Vii On thee, O Lord my God, relies My onely trust from...
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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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;
And picks his glutted teeth since late noon-tide?
'Tis Ruffio: Trow'st thou where he dined to-day?
In sooth I saw him sit with Duke Humphrey.
Many good welcomes, and much gratis cheer,
Keeps he for every straggling cavalier;
An open house, haunted with great resort;
Long service mixt with musical disport.
Many fair younker with a feathered crest,
Chooses much rather be his shot-free guest,
To fare so freely with so little ...