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William Habington
William Habington (November 4, 1605 - November 30, 1654), was an English poet. He was born at Hindlip Hall, Worcestershire, and belonged to a well-known Catholic family. His father, Thomas Habington, an antiquary and historical scholar, had been implicated in the plots on behalf of Mary, Queen of Scots; his uncle, Edward Habington, was hanged in 1586 on the charge of conspiring against Elizabeth in connection with Anthony Babington; while to his mother, Mary Habington, was attributed the revelation of the Gunpowder Plot. The poet was sent to the college of St. Omer, but, pressure being brought to bear on him to induce him to become a Jesuit, he removed to Paris. He married about 1632 Lucy, second daughter of Sir William Herbert, 1st Baron Powis. This lady he had addressed in the volume of lyrical poems arranged in two parts and entitled Castara, published anonymously in 1634. In 1635 appeared a second edition enlarged by three prose characters, fourteen new lyrics and eight touching elegies on his friend and kinsman, George Talbot, 9th Earl of Shrewsbury. The third edition (1640) contains a third part consisting of a prose character of A Holy Man and twenty-two devotional poems.

mort aux chats
There will be no more cats.
Cats spread infection,
Cats pollute the air,
Cats consume... [read poem]
your attention please
The Polar DEW has just warned that
A nuclear rocket strike of
At least one thousand megato... [read poem]
instant fish
Instant Fish
by Phidias!
Add water
and they swim.

nox nocti indicat scientiam
When I survey the bright
Celestial sphere,
So rich with jewels hung, that night
... [read poem]
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