Sir Henry Wotton
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 poise and ... more »
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- The Character of a Happy Life
- You Meaner Beauties of the Night
- A Hymn To My God
- A Description Of The Countreys Recreatio...
- A Dialogue Betwixt God And The Soul
- This Hymn Was Made By Sir H. Wotton, Whe...
- To A Noble Friend In His Sickness
- Doctor B. Of Tears
- An Ode To The King, At His Returning Fro...
- Upon the death of Sir Albert Morton's Wi...
- A Translation Of The CIV. Psalm To The O...
- On A Bank As I Sate A Fishing: A Descrip...
- A Short Hymn Upon The Birth Of Prince Ch...
- Tears At The Grave Of Sir Albertus Morto...
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''You common people of the skies,Sir Henry Wotton (1568-1639), British poet. On His Mistress, the Queen of Bohemia (l. 4-5). . . New Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1250-1950. ...
What are you when the moon doth rise?''
''So, when my mistress shall be seenSir Henry Wotton (1568-1639), British poet. On His Mistress, the Queen of Bohemia (l. 16-18). . . New Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1250-1950...
In form and beauty of her mind,
By virtue first, then choice, a queen,''
''As if the spring were all your own,Sir Henry Wotton (1568-1639), British poet. On His Mistress, the Queen of Bohemia (l. 14-15). . . New Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1250-1950...
What are you when the rose is blown?''
''By weaker accents, what's your praiseSir Henry Wotton (1568-1639), British poet. On His Mistress, the Queen of Bohemia (l. 9-10). . . New Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1250-1950....
When Philomel her voice doth raise?''
''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...
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