Sir John Denham

(1615 - 1669 / Ireland)

Sir John Denham
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Born in 1615 in Dublin to Sir John Denham, who was one of the Barons of the Exchequer, and his second wife, Eleanor Moore, he was taken to England within two years. The location of his early schooling is uncertain, but he was enrolled at Trinity College, Oxford, by November 1631, and in his Athenae Oxonienses (1691-1692)
From Oxford he proceeded to the study of law at Lincoln's Inn in London, and he was admitted to the bar in 1639. Meantime he had married Anne Cotton on 25 June 1634, and his father had died on 6 January 1639, leaving him a considerable estate. Three years later The Sophy, Denham's first publication, prompted Edmund Waller's euphoric observation that the author of this ... more »

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Cooper's Hill (excerpts)

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My eye, descending from the hill, surveys
Where Thames amongst the wanton valleys strays;
Thames, the most lov'd of all the Ocean's sons
By his old sire, to his embraces runs,
Hasting to pay his tribute to the sea,
Like mortal life to meet eternity.
Though with those streams he no resemblance hold
Whose foam is amber, and their gravel gold,
His genuine and less guilty wealth t' explore,
Search not his bottom, but survey his shore,
O'er which he kindly spreads his spacious wing,
And hatches plenty for th' ensuing spring;
Nor ...

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