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FROM " ALL IS NOT GOLD THAT GLITTERS."
Under thy sacred name, all over,
Ambition under thee aspires,
Religion, erst so venerable,
Not in the church with Simony,
BORN 1562.-DIED 1619.
Samuel Daniel was the son of a music-master, and was born at Taunton, in Somersetshire. He was patronized and probably maintained at Oxford, by the noble family of Pembroke. At the age
of twenty-three he translated Paulus Jovius's Discourse of Rare Inventions. He was afterwards tutor to the accomplished and spirited Lady Anne Clifford, daughter to the Earl of Cumberland, who raised a monument to his memory, on which she recorded that she had been his pupil. At the death of Spenser he furnished, as' a voluntary laureat, several masks and pageants for the court, but retired, with apparent mortification, before the ascendant favour of Jonson'.
i The latest editor of Jonson affirms the whole conduct of that great poet towards Daniel to have been perfectly honourable. Some small exception to this must be made, when we turn to the
While composing his dramas he lived in Old. street, St. Luke's, which was at that time thought retirement from London ; but at times he frequented the city, and had the honour of ranking Shakspeare and Selden among his friends. In his old age he turned husbandman, and closed his days at a farm in Somersetshire.
RICHARD THE SECOND, THE MORNING BEFORE HIS
MURDER IN POMFRET CASTLE.
DANIEL'S CIVIL WARS, ST. 62, 69.
However, so it is, the now sad king,
decision of Daniel's verses, which is pointed out by the editor himself, in Cynthia's Revels. This was unworthy of Jonson, as the verses of Daniel at which he sneers are not contemptible, and as Daniel was confessedly an amiable man, who died " beloved, honoured, and lamented."--E.
Feels sudden terror bring cold shivering;
The morning of that day which was his last,
O happy man, saith he, that lo I see,
Thou sitt’st at home safe by thy quiet fire,
Thrice happy you that look as from the shore,
GILES AND PHINEAS
he affinity and genius of these two poets naturally associate their names. They were the cousins of Fletcher the dramatist, and the sons of a Dr. Giles Fletcher, who, among several important missions in the reign of Queen Elizabeth, negotiated a commercial treaty with Russia greatly to the advantage of England, in spite of many obstacles that were presented by a capricious czar and a barbarous court. His remarks on Russia were suppressed on their first appearance, but were afterwards republished in 1643, and incorporated with Hakluyt's Voyages.
Mr. A. Chalmers, in his British Poets, mentions Giles as the elder son of this Dr. Fletcher, evidently by mistake, as Giles, in his poetry, speaks of his own "green muse hiding her younger head," with refer.