Section Three

  • Gerald Maclean


Bishop Henry King (1592–1669), son of John King, Bishop of London, was educated at Westminster and Christ Church, Oxford (M.A. 1614), where, in tune with the times, he published Latin verses in occasional collections on public events such as the death of Prince Henry (1612) and the marriage of Princess Elizabeth (1613). After Oxford, church appointments came quickly: by 1617 he was prebend of St. Pancras, rector of Chigwell, Essex, archdeacon of Colchester, rector of Fulham, and a royal chaplain. In 1642 King was appointed Bishop of Chichester, but dispossessed the following year; he was reappointed at the Restoration. Throughout his clerical career, King remained interested in secular writing, stimulated no doubt by friendships with John Donne, James Howell, Ben Jonson, George Sandys, and Izaak Walton. In 1657 his Poems were published, and in 1664 reissued with additional elegies. King himself probably had no hand in these productions, which contain several false attributions. In 1700 the original selection—without the additional elegies—was reissued under the title Benjonson’s Poems, Paradoxes, and Sonnets. J. Hannah collected and edited King’s Poems and Psalms (Oxford, 1843).


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