1588–1667
George Wyther

Introduction

Born: June 11, 1588, Bent­worth (near Al­ton), Hamp­shire, Eng­land.

Died: May 2, 1667, Lon­don, England.

Buried: Sa­voy Cha­pel church­yard, Strand, City of West­min­ster, Lon­don, Eng­land. He seems to have lived near­by.

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Biography

Wither’s ear­ly ed­u­ca­tion was at the Gram­mar School of Cole­more (or Cole­mere), un­der its cel­e­brat­ed mast­er, John Greaves. In 1604, George en­tered Mag­dal­en Col­lege, Ox­ford, where his tu­tor was John War­ner (the lat­er Bi­shop of Ro­ches­ter).

Wi­ther had been there on­ly three years when his fa­ther, fol­low­ing bad ad­vice that fur­ther ed­u­ca­tion was un­ne­ces­sa­ry, with­drew George from the un­i­ver­si­ty.

Not­with­stand­ing, Wi­ther be­came one of the pre-em­i­nent Pur­i­tan poets.

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