Joshua Sylvester Poems
- The Father ALPHA and Omega, God alone: Eloi, My God, the ...
- Love's Omnipresence Where I was base as is the lowly ...
- Constancy Were I as base as is the lowly plain, And you, my...
- A Contented Mind I weigh not Fortune's frown or smile, I joy...
- To His Coy Love I pray thee, leave, love me no more, Call ...
- They Say That Shadows Of Decea...
- Du Bartas, His Divine Weeks An...
English poet, the son of a Kentish clothier, was born in 1563. In his tenth year he was sent to school at Southampton, where he gained a knowledge of French.
After about three years at school he appears to have been put to business, and in 1591 the title-page of his Yvry states that he was in the service of the Merchant Adventurers' Company. He was for a short time a land steward, and in 1606 Prince Henry gave him a small pension as a kind of court poet.
In 1613 he obtained a position as secretary to the Merchant Adventurers. He was stationed at Middelburg, in the Low Countries, where he died on the 28th of September 1618.
He translated into English heroic couplets the ... more »
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Du Bartas, His Divine Weeks And Works (Excerpt)
But ev'n as many (or more) quarrels cumber
Th' old heathen schools about the heavens' number.
One holds but one; making the world's eyes shine
Through the thin-thickness of that chrystal line,
(As through the ocean's clear and liquid flood
The slippery fishes up and down do scud).
Another, judging certain by his eye,
And, seeing sev'n bright lamps mov'd ...