Born: 1624, Essex, England.
Died: 1665, London, England, during the plague.
John was the son of hymnist Francis Quarles.
He was educated under the care of Archbishop James Ussher, and matriculated at Exeter College, Oxford, in February 1643, but does not seem to have taken a degree.
Quarles bore arms for the king in the garrison at Oxford, and was imprisoned and banished, apparently due to his adherence to the royal cause. While in banishment in Flanders, he wrote the poems contained in his first published volume, Fons Lachrymarum.
He was in England in 1648, but
occasions beyond the sea compelled him to leave the next year.
The date of Quarles’ ultimate return to England is unknown, but he lived in poverty at the end of his life, earning a living by writing.
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