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 John Gower

John Gower

Death Oct 1408 (aged 77–78)
London, City of London, Greater London, England
Burial Southwark, London Borough of Southwark, Greater London, England
Memorial ID 5633 · View Source
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Poet. Served as Poet Laureate to Kings Richard II and Henry IV. Called the 'first English poet' (because at that time most wrote in French or Latin). His works were known to Shakespeare and he appears in one of his plays. In his monument his head rests on his three famous books, Vox Clamantis (Latin), Speculum meditantis (French) and Confessio Amantis (English).

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Armigeri scutum nihil a modo fert tibi tutum,
Reddidit immolutum, morti generali tributum,
Spiritus exutum se gaudeat esse solutum,
Est ubi virtutum, Regnum sine labe statutum.

Hic jacet Johannes Gower, Armiger, Anglorum Poeta celberrimus, ac huic sacro Edificio Benefactor insignis temporibus Edw. III. et Rich. II




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  • Added: 8 Jun 1999
  • Find A Grave Memorial 5633
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for John Gower (c.1330–Oct 1408), Find A Grave Memorial no. 5633, citing Southwark Cathedral, Southwark, London Borough of Southwark, Greater London, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave .