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Brother of the preceding, was educated at Trinity College,
Cambridge, where he took the degree of B. D. and died at Alderton in Suffolk, 1623, “ equally beloved," says Wood,“ of the Muses and Graces.” He published“ Christ's “ Victorie and Triumph in Heaven and Earth over and after Death,” Cambr. 1610, 4to. in four parts, written in stanzas of eight lines. Mr. Headley calls it “ a poem “ rich and picturesque, and on a happier subject than that “ of his brother.” See his “ Select Beauties of Ancient English Poetry.” Another edition appeared in 1632 which in 1640 was furnished with a new title and decorated with engravings. This is reprinted in Dr. Anderson's Poets with
a Life. The latter of the two following extracts, taken from the
conclusion of the poem, is an elegant tribute to the talents of his brother, from w ich it appears that in 1610 “ The Purple Island” was already written : indeed Phineas himself in the dedication prefixed to his volume describes its contents as the raw essays of his very unripe years and almost childhood.
Love is the blossom where there blows
Love the strong and weak doth yoke,
Once a leavy coat to wear,
Sweet birds, for Love that sing and play; .
Only bènd thy knee to me,
See, see the flowers that below
Come, come gather then the rose;
Only bend thy knee to me,
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But let the Kentish lad that lately taught
His oaten reed the trumpet's silver sound,
The willing spheres from heaven to lead a round
Eclecta's hymen with ten thousand flowers
Let his shrill trumpet, with her silver blast,
Of fair Eclecta and her spousal bed
But my green Muse, hiding her younger head
Under old Chamus' faggy banks, that spread Their willow locks abroad, and all the day With their own watery shadows wanton play, Dares not those high amours and love-sick songs SIR JOHN BEAUMONT,
Descended of an ancient Leicestershire family, son of Francis
Beaumont the judge, and brother of Francis Beaumont the poet, was author of “ Bosworth Field;" with a variety of other poems, printed in 1629, 12mo. According to Wood, he was entered a gentleman-commoner of Broadgate's Hall, Oxford, in 1596, at the age of 14, consequently born in 1582. Having remained here about three years, he retired to one of the inns of court, and afterwards to his native county, where he married, and was in 1626 made a baronet. “ The former part of his life," says Wood, “he “successfully employed in poetry, and the latter he as “ happily bestowed on more serious and beneficial studies." He died in 1628. Dr. Kippis commends the harmonious versificaion of Sir John Beaumont, and says it was much above the general cast of the age. See Biog. Brit.Vol. II. 88.
A Description of Love.
Love is a region full of fires,
An object seeks, of which possest,
The flames in ashes lie opprest.