Crashaw, Richard

Poet; born London, England, c.1613; died Loreto, Italy, 1649. The son of a Puritan divine, he was educated at the Charterhouse and at Cambridge. In 1634 he published his first volume of Latin poetry, "Epigrammatlini Sacrorum Liber." As an Anglican he refused to subscribe to the Covenant in 1644, and took refuge in Paris, subsequently becoming a Catholic. Through Queen Henrietta Maria he was befriended by Cardinal Palotta who took him into his household in Rome, 1648-1649, and finally secured him a benefice at Loreto. His later poetry, mainly religious, and notable for imagery and unusual metrical skill, appeared in a volume called "Steps to the Temple," published in 1646, and re-edited with additions, posthumously in 1652, as "Carmen Deo Nostro."

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