Sir Henry Wotton
Sir Henry Wotton Poems
- The Character Of A Happy Life How happy is he born or ...
- Upon The Death Of Sir Albert M...
- You Meaner Beauties Of The Nig... You meaner beauties of the ...
- A Hymn To My God OH thou great Power, in whom I move, For ...
- A Dialogue Betwixt God And The... Soul. Whilst my Souls ...
- Doctor B. Of Tears Who would have thought, there could have ...
- On A Bank As I Sate A Fishing:...
Wotton was born in Kent, England and was educated at Winchester and New and Queens Colleges, Oxford. Whilst studying at Oxford he met John Donne, the first and greatest of the metaphysical poets, who later became a close friend. In 1595, Wotton became secretary to the Earl of Essex, collecting foreign intelligence. He became the ambassador to the court of Venice, and in later years, provost of Eton College. Whilst on a visit to Augsburg in 1604 he wrote a definition of an Ambassador which is now one of his most famous phrases; "An Ambassador is an honest man, sent to lie abroad for the good of his country." Although his works are small in number they are known for having great ... more »
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''An Ambassador is an honest man sent to lie abroad for the good of his country.''Sir Henry Wotton (1568-1639), British diplomat, poet. Written in the album of Christopher Fleckmore, c. 1612. Quoted in Izaak Walton, Life of Sir Henr...
The Character Of A Happy Life
How happy is he born or taught,
That serveth not another's will;
Whose armour is his honest thought,
And simple truth his highest skill;
Whose passions not his masters are;
Whose soul is still prepar'd for death
Untied unto the world with care
Of princes' grace or vulgar breath;
Who envies none whom chance doth raise,
Or vice; who never understood
The deepest wounds are given by praise,
By rule of state, but not of good;
Who hath his life from rumours freed;
Whose conscience is his strong retreat;
Whose state can neither flatterers ...