Thomas Campion, 1567-1620

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Biographical note

Campion, Thomas (c. 1575–1620). — Poet and musician, born at Witham, Essex, and ed. at Cambridge, and on the Continent, studied law at Gray’s Inn, but discarding it, practised medicine in London. He wrote masques, and many fine lyrics remarkable for their metrical beauty, of which “Cherry Ripe” and “Lesbia” are well known. He also wrote Epigrams in Latin, and Observations on the Arte of Poesie (1602). He composed the music for most of his songs.

[From A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin, 1910]

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