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Hast after vaine deceiptful shadows sought,
Which all are fled, and now have left thee nought
But late repentance through thy follies prief;
Ah! cease to gaze on matter of thy grief:
And looke at last up to that Soveraine Light,
From whose pure beams al perfect beauty springs,
That kindleth love in every godly spright,
Even the love of God; which loathing brings
Of this vile world and these gay-seeming things;
With whose sweet pleasures being so possest,
Thy straying thoughts henceforth for ever rest.

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SELECT POEMS

OF

SAMUEL DANIEL.

WITH

A LIFE OF THE AUTHOR,

BY

EZEKIEL SANFORD.

LIFE OF DANIEL.

SAMUEL DANIEL, the son of a music master, was born near Taunton, Somersetshire, in 1562. At seventeen, he became a Commoner of Magdalen Hall, in Oxford ; and, as the graver parts of scholastic discipline were ill-suited to his genius, he consumed three years chiefly in the perusal of history and poetry. He left the University without a degree ; and, after pursuing his studies, for some time, at Wilton, under the patronage of Mary, "Countess of Pembroke, and sister to Sir Philip Sidney, he became the tutor of Lady Anne Clifford, daughter of George Clifford, Earl of Cumberland. His subsequent patrons were Lord Montjoy, the Countess of Bedford, and the Earl of Southampton.

He published a translation of Paulus Jovius, on Rare Inventions, in 1585; his tragedy of Cleopatra, and the Complaints of Rosamond, in 1584, the Sonnets to Delia, not long after; and the Letter from Octavio to Marcus Antonius, in 1611. In 1599, he succeeded Spenser, as Poet Laureat to Queen Elizabeth : four years afterwards, he wrote a congratulatory poem on the accession of King James;

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and some time, during that monarch's reign, was, in return, appointed gentleman extraordinary: Queen Anne, who is said to have been delighted with his conversation and writings, made him a groom of the privy chambers; and, as his office did not require his constant attendance at court, he rented a house and garden in Oldstreet, near London; where he sometimes buried himself for two months together; and would suddenly come out to sun himself at court, enjoy the conversation of his friends, and see one of his plays performed.

In 1604, he wrote the Masque of the Twelve Goddesses ; in 1605, the two pastoral tragi-comedies of the Queen's , Ircadia, and Hymen's Triumph; and, six years afterwards, the tragedy of Philotas. But the work upon which his fame, as a poet, is principally, founded--the History of Wars between the Houses of York and Lancaster, -was published in 1604. In the

years 1615-18, he published the History of England; and died, in October, of the following year, at his farm, in Beckington, near Philips-Norton, in Somersetshire. He was interred in the church of Beckington ; and a long time after, Lady Anne Clifford, Countess Dowager of Dorset, Pembroke, and Montgomery, erected a monument to his memory:

Daniel is distinguished for the justness and good sense of his thoughts, and the neatness and harmony of his verse. He appears to have had great diffidence in his own powers; and, neyer daring to aim at eminence, he very frequently fell short of mediocrity. His imagination seems, for a moment, to take wing; but is soon brought down to carth again, by the sober weight of reality and common sense. He seems to have been a follower of truth, rather than a votary of fiction; and perhaps it would be difficult to determine whether he is most distinguished as a historian, or as a poet. Longbaine takes his prose History of Eng.

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