Giles Fletcher The Younger
Biography of Giles Fletcher The Younger
Giles Fletcher (also known as Giles Fletcher, The Younger) was an English poet chiefly known for his long allegorical poem Christ's Victory and Triumph (1610).
He was the younger son of Giles Fletcher the Senior (minister to Elizabeth I), and the brother of the poet Phineas Fletcher, and cousin of the dramatist John Fletcher. Educated at Westminster School and Trinity College, Cambridge, he remained in Cambridge after his ordination, becoming Reader in Greek Grammar in 1615 and Reader in Greek Language in 1618. In 1619 left to become rector of Alderton in Suffolk.
His principal work has the full title Christ's Victorie and Triumph, in Heaven, in Earth, over and after Death, and consists of four cantos. The first canto, Christ's Victory in Heaven, represents a dispute in heaven between justice and mercy, using the facts of Christ's life on earth; the second, Christ's Victory on Earth, deals with an allegorical account of Christ's Temptation; the third, Christ's Triumph over Death, covers the Passion; and the fourth, Christ's Triumph after Death, covering the Resurrection and Ascension, ends with an affectionate eulogy of his brother Phineas as Thyrsilis. The meter is an eight-line stanza in the style of Edmund Spenser; the first five lines rhyme ababb, and the stanza concludes with a rhyming triplet. John Milton borrowed liberally from Christ's Victory and Triumph in Paradise Regained.
Giles Fletcher The Younger's Works:
Christ's Victorie and Triumph, in Heaven, in Earth, over and after Death (1610)
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Giles Fletcher The Younger Poems
LOVE is the blossom where there blows Every thing that lives or grows: Love doth make the Heav'ns to move, And the Sun doth burn in love:
Christ's Triumph after Death (excerpts)
I But now the second Morning, from her bow'r, Began to glister in her beams, and now The roses of the day began to flow'r
The Heavenly Jerusalem
Here may the band, that now in triumph shines, And that (before they were invested thus) In earthly bodies carried heavenly minds, Pitched round about in order glorious,
A Description Of Justice
But Justice had no sooner Mercy seen, Smoothing the wrinkles of her Fathers brow, But up she starts and throwes herself between : As when a vapour from a moory slough,
A Description Of Mercy
As when the cheerfull sunne, damping wide Glads all the world with his uprising ray, And wooes the widow'd earth afresh to pride, And paints her bosome with the fiovvrie May,
A Description Of Justice
But Justice had no sooner Mercy seen,
Smoothing the wrinkles of her Fathers brow,
But up she starts and throwes herself between :
As when a vapour from a moory slough,
Meeting with fresh Eoiis, that but now
Open'd the world, which all in darknesse lay,
Doth heaven's bright face of his rayes disarray,
And sads the smiling orient of the springing day.