Richard Carew (antiquary)

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I sing the godly armes, and that chieftaine
Who great sepulchre of our Lord did free.

Richard Carew (17 July 15556 November 1620) was a Cornish translator and antiquary.


  • I sing the goodly armes, and that Chieftaine
    Who great Sepulchre of our Lord did free.
    Much with his hande, much wrought he with his braine;
    Much in that glorious conquest suffred hee:
    And hell in vaine hitselfe opposde, in vaine
    The mixed troopes Asian and Libick flee
    To armes, for Heaven him favour'd, and he drew
    To sacred ensignes his straid mates anew.
    • Godfrey of Bulloigne, or the Recoverie of Hierusalem. An Heroicall poeme written in Italian by Seig. Torquato Tasso, and translated into English by R. C. [Richard Carew] Esquire: and now the first part containing five cantos imprinted in both languages, &c. (1594), opening stanza
    • Compare Edward Fairfax's translation (1600): "The sacred armies, and the godly knight, / That the great sepulchre of Christ did free, / I sing;" altered by Atterbury thus: "I sing the war made in the Holy Land, / And the great Chief that Christ's great tomb did free."
  • Now was it night, when in deepe rest enrol'd
    Are waves and windes, and mute the world doth show
    Weari'd the beasts, and those that bottome hold
    Of billow'd sea, and of moyst streames that flow,
    And who are lodged in cave, or pen'd in fold,
    And painted flyers in oblivion low,
    Under their secret horrours silenced,
    Stilled their cares, and their harts suppelled.
    • Godfrey of Bulloigne, or the Recoverie of Hierusalem (1594), Canto II, stanza 96

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