Edward Dyer

Sir Edward Dyer (October 1543 – May 1607) was an English courtier and poet.

The son of Sir Thomas Dyer, Kt., he was born at Sharpham Park, Somerset. He was educated, according to Anthony Wood, either at Balliol College, Oxford or at Broadgates Hall (later Pembroke College, Oxford), but left without taking a degree. After some time abroad, he appeared at Elizabeth I's court. His first patron was Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, who seems to have thought of putting him forward as a rival to Sir Christopher Hatton for the queen's favour. He is mentioned by Gabriel Harvey, along with Sir Philip Sidney, as one of the ornaments of the court. Sidney in his will bequeathed his books equally between Fulke Greville and Dyer.

He was employed by Elizabeth on a mission (1584) to the Low Countries, and in 1589 was sent to Denmark. In a commission to inquire into manors unjustly alienated from the crown in the west country he did not altogether please the queen, but nevertheless received a grant of some forfeited lands in Somerset in 1588. He was knighted and made chancellor of the Order of the Garter in 1596. William Oldys said of him that he "would not stoop to fawn," and some of his verses seem to show that he disliked the pressures of life at court. He was buried at St Saviour's, Southwark, on 11 May 1607 (21 May N.S.)

Wood says that many thought Dyer to be a Rosicrucian, and that he was a firm believer in alchemy. He had a great reputation as a poet among his contemporaries, but very little of his work has survived. George Puttenham, in the "Arte of English Poesie" speaks of "Maister Edward Dyar, for Elegie most sweete, solempne, and of high conceit." One of the poems universally accepted as his is "My Mynde to me a kingdome is." Among the poems in "England's Helicon" (1600), signed S.E.D., and included in Dr A.B. Grosart's collection of Dyer's works ("Miscellanies of the Fuller Worthies Library", vol. iv, 1876) is the charming pastoral "My Phillis hath the morninge sunne," but this comes from the "Phillis" of Thomas Lodge. Grosart also prints a prose tract entitled "The Prayse of Nothing" (1585). The "Sixe Idillia" from Theocritus, reckoned by John Payne Collier among Dyer's works, were dedicated to, not written by, him.

In 1943 Alden Brooks proposed Sir Edward Dyer as a candidate in the Shakespearean authorship question in his book "Will Shakspere and the Dyer’s Hand". [Alden Brooks - "Will Shakspere and the Dyer's Hand". New York, Scribner, 1943.]




Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Dyer (surname) — Dyer is a surname, with English origins, and may refer to: Ainsworth Dyer Alex Dyer (footballer born 1965), English footballer who played for Blackpool, Charlton Athletic and Oxford United, amongst others Alex Dyer (footballer born 1990), English …   Wikipedia

  • Dyer — Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents sujets et articles partageant un même nom. Dyer est le mot anglais signifiant teinturier, Le nom Dyer peut aussi faire référence à : Sommaire : Haut A B C D E F G H I J K L …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford — The Earl of Oxford Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford, unknown artist after lost orig …   Wikipedia

  • Dyer, Sir Edward — ▪ English poet born October 1543, Sharpham Park, Somerset, Eng. died May 1607, London       English courtier and poet whose reputation rests on a small number of ascribed lyrics in which critics have found great dexterity and sweetness.… …   Universalium

  • Edward D. DiPrete — Edward Daniel DiPrete (* 8. Juli 1934 in Cranston, Rhode Island) ist ein ehemaliger US amerikanischer Politiker. Er war von 1985 bis 1991 Gouverneur des Bundesstaates Rhode Island. Frühe Jahre und politischer Aufstieg Edward DiPrete studierte am… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Edward Hart — Edward Eddie James Hart (* 24. April 1948 in Martinez, Kalifornien) ist ein ehemaliger US amerikanischer Leichtathlet und Olympiasieger. Im Vorfeld der Olympischen Spiele 1972 gab es für den 100 Meter Lauf drei Favoriten: Waleri Borsow aus der… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Edward Gorey — Birth name Edward St. John Gorey Born February 22, 1925(1925 02 22) Chicago, Illinois, Unit …   Wikipedia

  • Edward Charles Titchmarsh — Naissance 1er juin 1899 Newbury (Berkshire) (Angleterre) Décès 18 janvier 1963 (à 63 ans) Oxford (Angleterre) Nationalité …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Edward James Salisbury — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda Edward James Salisbury Nacimiento 16 de abril 1886 Harpenden …   Wikipedia Español

  • Edward Fox — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda Edward Fox Nombre real Edward Charles Morrice Fox Nacimiento 13 de abril de 1937 (72 años) Chelsea, Londres …   Wikipedia Español

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.