Sir John Davies (1569-1626)

English poet and lawyer, he served as solicitor general and attorney general in Ireland from 1603 to 1619. His works include Nosce Te Ipsum (1599), a long poem on the immortality of the soul, and Hymnes of Astraea in Acrosticke Verse, Orchestra, or a Poem of Dancing . He mixed philosophy and poetry with a Elizabethan pleasure in the contemplation of the correspondence between the natural order and human activity.

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