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The Library of the World’s Best Literature. An Anthology in Thirty Volumes. 1917.

William Browne (c. 1590–c. 1645)

Browne, William. An English poet; born in Tavistock, Devonshire, about 1590; died in Ottery St. Mary, about 1645. He was educated at Oxford, and spent a quiet, tranquil life. His poetry is graceful and fanciful, and abounds in beautiful pictures of English scenery. His chief work is ‘Britannia’s Pastorals’ (1613–16). ‘The Shepherd’s Pipe’ (1614) is a collection of eclogues, and ‘The Inner Temple Masque’ (1614–15) tells the story of Ulysses and Circe. His minor poems are very fine. (See Critical and Biographical Introduction).