Who is John Lyly

John Lyly (; c. 1553 or 1554 – November 1606; also spelled Lilly, Lylie, Lylly) was an English writer, dramatist, courtier, and parliamentarian. He was best known during his lifetime for his two books Euphues: The Anatomy of Wit (1578) and its sequel Euphues and His England (1580), but perhaps best remembered now for his plays. Lyly's distinctive and much imitated literary style, named after the title character of his two books, is known as euphuism.


John Lyly was born in Kent, England, in 1553/1554, the eldest son of Peter Lyly and his wife, Jane Burgh (or Brough), of Burgh Hall in the North Riding of Yorkshire. He was probably born either in Rochester, where his father is recorded as a notary public in 1550, or in Canterbury, where his father was the ...
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John Lyly Poems

  • A Dittie
    Behold her lockes like wiers of beaten gold,
    her eies like starres that twinkle in the skie,
    Her heauenly face not framd of earthly molde,
    Her voice that sounds Apollos melodie, ...
  • Oh, For A Bowl Of Fat Canary
    Oh, for a bowl of fat Canary,
    Rich Palermo, sparkling Sherry,
    Some nectar else, from Juno's dairy;
    Oh, these draughts would make us merry! ...
  • Vulcan's Song: In Making Of The Arrows
    MY shag-hair Cyclops, come, let's ply
    Our Lemnian hammers lustily.
    By my wife's sparrows,
    I swear these arrows ...
  • Apelles' Song
    Cupid and my Campaspe played
    At cards for kisses; Cupid paid:
    He stakes his quiver, bow, and arrows,
    His mother's doves, and team of sparrows; ...
  • Spring's Welcome
    WHAT bird so sings, yet so does wail?
    O 'tis the ravish'd nightingale.
    Jug, jug, jug, jug, tereu! she cries,
    And still her woes at midnight rise. ...
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The Flatting-Mill. An Illustration
 by William Cowper

When a bar of pure silver or ingot of gold
Is sent to be flatted or wrought into length,
It is pass'd between cylinders often, and roll'd
In an engine of utmost mechanical strength.

Thus tortured and squeezed, at last it appears
Like a loose heap of ribbon, a glittering show,
Like music it tinkles and rings in your ears,

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