William Browne

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William Browne (1590?–1645?) was an English poet, born at Tavistock, Devon, educated at Oxford, after which he entered the Inner Temple.


Britannia's Pastorals (1613)[edit]

  • Whose life is a bubble, and in length a span.
    • Book i. Song 2. Compare: "Who then to frail mortality shall trust/ But limns on water, or but writes in dust", Francis Bacon, The World.
  • Did therewith bury in oblivion.
    • Book ii. Song 2.
  • Well-languaged Daniel.
    • Book ii. Song 2.

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