Richard Barnefield Poems
- To His Friend Master R. L., In...
- The Nightingale As it fell upon a day In the merry month of...
- In Praise Of Music And Poetry If music and sweet poetry ...
- Cherry-Lipped Adonis... Cherry-lipped Adonis in his snowy ...
- Against The Dispraisers Of Poe... Chaucer is dead; and Gower ...
- Philomel AS it fell upon a day In the merry month of May, ...
Richard Barnfield (1574-1620), English poet, was born at Norbury, Staffordshire, and brought up in Newport, Shropshire.
He was baptized on 13 June 1574, the son of Richard Barnfield, gentleman. His obscure though close relationship with Shakespeare has long made him interesting to students. In November 1589 Barnfield matriculated at Brasenose College, Oxford, and took his degree in ... more »
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Against The Dispraisers Of Poetry
Chaucer is dead; and Gower lies in grave;
The Earl of Surrey long ago is gone;
Sir Philip Sidney's soul the heavens have;
George Gascoigne him before was tombed in stone.
Yet, though their bodies lie full low in ground,
As every thing must die that erst was born,
Their living fame no fortune can confound,
Nor ever shall their labors be forlorn.
And you, that discommend sweet poetry,
(So that the subject of the same be good)
Here may you see your fond simplicity,
Sith kings have favored it, of royal blood.
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