Samuel Daniel Poems

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Samuel Daniel
Daniel was born near Taunton in Somerset, the son of a music-master. He was the brother of John Daniel. In 1579, Daniel was admitted to Magdalen Hall (now known as Hertford College) at Oxford University, where he remained for about three years and afterwards devoted himself to the study of poetry and philosophy. A "Samuel Daniel" is recorded in 1586 as being the servant of Edward Stafford, the Baron of Stafford and the English ambassador in France. This is probably the same person as the poet. He was first encouraged and, if we may believe him, taught in verse, by the famous Countess of Pembroke, whose honour he was never weary of proclaiming. He had entered her household as tutor to her son, Lord Herbert. His first known work, a translation of Paulus Jovius, to which some original matter is appended, was printed in 1585. His first known volume of verse is dated 1592; it contains the cycle of sonnets to Delia and the romance called The Complaint of Rosamond. Twenty-seven of the sonnets had already been printed at the end of Sir Philip Sidney's Astrophil and Stella without the author's consent. Several editions of Delia appeared in 1592, and they were very frequently reprinted during Daniel's lifetime. We learn that Delia lived on the banks of Shakespeare's river, the Avon, and that the sonnets to her were inspired by her memory when the poet was in Italy. To an edition of Delia and Rosamond, in 1594, was added the tragedy of Cleopatra, written in classical style, in alternately rhyming heroic verse, with choral interludes. The First Four Books of the Civil Wars, an historical poem on the subject of the Wars of the Roses, in ottava rima, appeared in 1595.

care-charmer sleep, son of the sable night (delia liv)
Care-charmer Sleep, son of the sable Night,
Brother to death, in silent darkness born:
Rel... [read poem]
sonnet xiv
If thou must love me, let it be for nought
Except for love's sake only. Do not say
I love ... [read poem]
a musical instrument

What was he doing, the great god Pan,
Down in the reeds by the river?
Spre... [read poem]
the civil wars between the two houses of lancaster and york
The swift approach and unexpected speed
The king had made upon this new-rais'd force,
In t... [read poem]
a runnable stag
When the pods went pop on the broom, green broom,
And apples began to be golden-skinned,... [read poem]
thirty bob a week
I couldn't touch a stop and turn a screw,
And set the blooming world a-work for me,
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