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William Habington

(1605 - 1654 / England)

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William Habington was born at Hindlip, Worcestershire in 1605, and educated at Saint-Omer and Paris. He married Lucy, daughter of William Herbert, Baron Powis, and a year or two after his marriage, in 1634, issued his well-known "Castara" (see Arber's English Reprints, 1870), a series of poems addressed mainly to his wife.

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  • ''Then that which living gave you roome,
    Your glorious sepulcher shall be.
    There wants no marble for a tombe,
    Whose brest hath marble beene to me.''
    William Habington (1605-1654), British poet. Castara (I, l. 13-16). . . Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1250-1918. Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch, ed...
  • ''My soule her wings doth spread
    And heaven-ward flies,
    Th' Almighty's Mysteries to read
    In the large volumes of the skies.''
    William Habington (1605-1654), British poet. Castara (III, l. 5-8). . . New Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1250-1950. Helen Gardner, ed. (1972...
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