Joshua Sylvester

(1563 - 1618 / England)

Joshua Sylvester
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English poet, the son of a Kentish clothier, was born in 1563. In his tenth year he was sent to school at Southampton, where he gained a knowledge of French.
After about three years at school he appears to have been put to business, and in 1591 the title-page of his Yvry states that he was in the service of the Merchant Adventurers' Company. He was for a short time a land steward, and in 1606 Prince Henry gave him a small pension as a kind of court poet.
In 1613 he obtained a position as secretary to the Merchant Adventurers. He was stationed at Middelburg, in the Low Countries, where he died on the 28th of September 1618.
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  • ''Were I as base as is the lowly plain,
    And you, my Love, as high as heaven above,
    Yet should the thoughts of me, your humble swain,
    Ascend to heaven in honour of my love.''
    Joshua Sylvester (1561-1618), British poet, translator. Were I as base as is the lowly plain (attributed to Sylvester) (l. 1-4). . . Oxford Book o...
  • Were you the earth, dear Love, and I the skies,
    My love should shine on you like to the Sun,
    And look upon you with ten thousand eyes,
    Till heaven wax'd blind, and till the world ...
    Joshua Sylvester (1561-1618), British poet, translator. Were I as base as is the lowly plain (attributed to Sylvester) (l. 9-14). . . Oxford Book ...
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