Sir Henry Wotton

(1568 - 1639 / England)

Sir Henry Wotton
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Wotton was born in Kent, England and was educated at Winchester and New and Queens Colleges, Oxford. Whilst studying at Oxford he met John Donne, the first and greatest of the metaphysical poets, who later became a close friend. In 1595, Wotton became secretary to the Earl of Essex, collecting foreign intelligence. He became the ambassador to the court of Venice, and in later years, provost of Eton College. Whilst on a visit to Augsburg in 1604 he wrote a definition of an Ambassador which is now one of his most famous phrases; "An Ambassador is an honest man, sent to lie abroad for the good of his country." Although his works are small in number they are known for having great ... more »

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  • ''An Ambassador is an honest man sent to lie abroad for the good of his country.''
    Sir Henry Wotton (1568-1639), British diplomat, poet. Written in the album of Christopher Fleckmore, c. 1612. Quoted in Izaak Walton, Life of Sir Henr...
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  • Rookie Ammara Irshad (11/23/2007 2:51:00 AM)

    'Commnets on The character of Happy Life by sir Henry Wotton'

    Sir Henry Wotton has dealt with a fabulous topic.His deep and refined thoughts has produced a great deal of successful life in rhythmic mode, using rhyming scheme abab.The topic he has selected pulls the attention of readers automatically.very simple scheme is presenting a sublime theme.

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Best Poem of Sir Henry Wotton

The Character Of A Happy Life

How happy is he born or taught,
That serveth not another's will;
Whose armour is his honest thought,
And simple truth his highest skill;

Whose passions not his masters are;
Whose soul is still prepar'd for death
Untied unto the world with care
Of princes' grace or vulgar breath;

Who envies none whom chance doth raise,
Or vice; who never understood
The deepest wounds are given by praise,
By rule of state, but not of good;

Who hath his life from rumours freed;
Whose conscience is his strong retreat;
Whose state can neither flatterers ...

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