Samuel Daniel
Samuel Daniel was an English
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English poetry
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 and historian
History of England
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Daniel was born near Taunton
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 in Somerset
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, the son of a music-master. He was the brother of lutenist and composer John Danyel
John Danyel
John Danyel was an English lute player and songwriter. He was born in Wellow, Somerset, and was the younger brother of poet Samuel Daniel. His surviving works include "Coy Daphne Fled", about the nymph Daphne and her fate, and "Like as the lute delights".Sample lyrics from "Like as the lute...

. Their sister Rosa was Edmund Spenser
Edmund Spenser
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's model for Rosalind in his The Shepherd's Calendar; she eventually married John Florio. In 1579, Daniel was admitted to Magdalen Hall (now known as Hertford College) at Oxford University, where he remained for about three years and afterwards devoted himself to the study of poetry
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 and philosophy
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As that the walls worn thin, permit the mindTo look out thorough, and his frailty find. 1

History of the Civil War (1595), Book iv, Stanza 84, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919). Compare: "The soul's dark cottage, batter'd and decay'd, Lets in new light through chinks that Time has made", Edmund Waller, Verses upon his Divine Poesy.

Sacred religion! mother of form and fear.

Musophilus (1599), Stanza 57, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).

And for the few that only lend their ear, That few is all the world.

Musophilus (1599), Stanza 97, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).

This is the thing that I was born to do.

Musophilus (1599), Stanza 100, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).

Unless above himself he canErect himself, how poor a thing is man!

To the Countess of Cumberland. Stanza 12, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).