Richard Corbet

(1582—1635) bishop of Oxford and of Norwich, and poet

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became chaplain to James I and later bishop of Oxford, then Norwich. His poetry—Certain Elegant Poems (1647) and Poetica Stromata (1648)—ranges from the entertaining traveller's story of ‘Iter Boreale’ and the ironical verses on ‘The Distracted Puritane’ to the charming little poem ‘To his son, Vincent Corbet’ on his third birthday. His best‐known poem is probably ‘A Proper New Ballad, entitled The Fairies Farewell’ which begins ‘Farewell, rewards and fairies’.

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