Mayne, Jasper

Mayne, Jasper an English divine and poet, was born in Devonshire in 1604. At the age of nineteen he entered Christ-church College, Oxford, and in 1631 secured the degree of M.A. He took holy orders, became a popular preacher, was presented by his college to two neighboring livings, and continued at the same time his residence in the university. He was made D.D. in 1646. At the time of Cromwell's usurpation, being firmly devoted to the cause of Charles I, he was deprived of his student's place, and soon lost both of his vicarages. His spirit, however, remained unbroken, and in 1652 we hear of his holding a public disputation with a noted Anabaptist preacher. Subsequently he resided, until the Restoration, as chaplain in the family of the earl of Devonshire; in 1660 he was restored again to his living, was made chaplain in ordinary to the king, a canon of Christ Church, and archdeacon of Chichester. He died in Oxford in 1672. Dr. Mayne published in 1662 a translation of a part of Lucian's Dialogues, also several sermons and scattered poems.

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