Phinehas Fletcher
1582-1650

Circa April 8, 1582, Cranbrook, Kent, England.

Circa December 1650, Hilgay, Norfolk, England.

Son of Giles Fletcher and cousin of poet John Fletcher, Phineas attended Eton and King’s College, Cambridge. He took Holy Orders in 1621, and served at Helgay, Norfolk, almost 29 years. His best known poem, Purple Island (1633), was an allegorical description of man, in the style of Spenser. His Locustes or Apollyonists, an anti-Jesuit satire, suggested to Milton some ideas for his Paradise Lost.

  1. Drop, Drop, Slow Tears
  2. From the Deeps of Grief and Fear