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Sir John Davies 1569-1626 Zeal without knowledge is the sister of folly Brief Biography Sir John Davies was born in 1569 at Tisbury at Wiltshire He started his career as a lawyer in 1595 Due to misconduct he was disbarred but thereafter earned the respect of Queen Elizabeth and was reinstated in 1601 Before being reinstated he published his well renowned poem Nosce Teipsum Of Humane Knowledge and shortly thereafter his Hymns of Astraea The Hymns were dedicated to Queen Elizabeth and the poems were acrostic meaning when the letters were spelt vertically down they read Elizabetha Regina Sir John Davies served as the Solicitor-General and then as Attorney-General for Ireland During this period England was able to grant Irish land to individuals who were loyal thanks to Sir John Davies HYMN I OF ASTRAEA This poem shows Sir John Davies capability and control over his work There does not seem to be any rush in the making of the poem Daring and at the same time lighthearted the meaning of the poem throughout is clear Though having deep philosophical meaning the poem exhibits clear fluidity of thought and diction This poem was written just after Sir John Davies was disbarred Therefore I feel that he wrote this political poem to reinstate himself He like other poets during his era wanted to move up the social and political ladder He achieved this objective by saluting the highest official of influence the Queen He used Astraea Goddess of Justice as a comparison to the Queen This would have appealed to the Queens sense of fair play The Goddess of Astraea in the poem has bestowed her blessings on Mankind She was however offended by Mans way of living and she distanced herself from him Sir John Davies at this point is appealing to the Queen by proclaiming that the Queen has actually bestowed
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