Robert Southwell (1561 - 1595 / England)
Robert Southwell was born at Horsham St. Faith's, Norfolk, England, in 1561; hanged at Tyburn, 21 February, 1595. His grandfather, Sir Richard Southwell, had been a wealthy man and a prominent courtier in the reign of Henry VIII. His grandfather had been a prominent man in Henry VIII's court and the family remained among the elite of the land. He was so beautiful as a young boy that a gypsy stole him. He was soon recovered by his family and became a short, handsome man, with gray eyes and red hair.
It was Richard Southwell who in 1547 had brought the poet Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey, to the block, and Surrey had vainly begged to be allowed to "fight him in his shirt". Curiously ... more »
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''Within his crib is surest ward,Robert Southwell (1561?-1595), British poet. New Heaven, New War (l. 45-48). . . Norton Anthology of Poetry, The. Alexander W. Allison and others,...
This little babe will be thy guard,
If thou wilt foil thy foes with joy,
Then flit not from this heavenly boy.''
''This stable is a Prince's court.Robert Southwell (1561?-1595), British poet. New Prince, New Pomp (l. 17-20). . . Oxford Book of Sixteenth Century Verse, The. E. K. Chambers, com...
This crib His chair of state;
The beasts are parcel of His pomp,
The wooden dish His plate.''
''Behold, a silly, tender babeRobert Southwell (1561?-1595), British poet. New Prince, New Pomp (l. 1-4). . . Oxford Book of Sixteenth Century Verse, The. E. K. Chambers, comp....
In freezing winter night,
In homely manger trembling lies:
Alas, a piteous sight.''
''Do homage to thy King,Robert Southwell (1561?-1595), British poet. New Prince, New Pomp (l. 26-28). . . Oxford Book of Sixteenth Century Verse, The. E. K. Chambers, com...
And highly praise His humble pomp
Which He from Heaven doth bring.''