Birth date: 
1568
Death date: 
1639
Birth town: 
Country: 
England

Wotton was born in Kent, England and was educated at Winchester and New and Queens Colleges, Oxford. Whilst studying at Oxford he met John Donne, the first and greatest of the metaphysical poets, who later became a close friend. In 1595, Wotton became secretary to the Earl of Essex, collecting foreign intelligence. He became the ambassador to the court of Venice, and in later years, provost of Eton College. Whilst on a visit to Augsburg in 1604 he wrote a definition of an Ambassador which is now one of his most famous phrases; "An Ambassador is an honest man, sent to lie abroad for the good of his country." Although his works are small in number they are known for having great poise and polish and his enthusiasm for classical architecture and proportion can be seen to have a large influence on his poetry.

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A Description Of The Countreys Recreations 30 July 2013
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A Dialogue Betwixt God And The Soul 30 July 2013
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A Hymn To My God 30 July 2013
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A Hymn to My God in a Night of My Late Sickness 5 September 2014
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A Poem Written By Sir Henry Wotton In His Youth 30 July 2013
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A Poem Written by Sir Henry Wotton, in His Youth 5 September 2014
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A Short Hymn Upon The Birth Of Prince Charles 30 July 2013
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A Translation Of The CIV. Psalm To The Original Sense 31 July 2013
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An Ode To The King, At His Returning From Scotland To The Queen, After His Coronation There 31 July 2013
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De Morte 19 May 2014
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