Slater (or Slatyer), William

Slater (Or Slatyer), William, a learned English divine and poet, was born in Somersetshire in 1587, entered St. Mary's Hall, Oxford, in 1600, removed to Brasenose College in 1607, took his degree of Bachelor of Arts the following year, and was chosen to a fellowship. In 1611 he entered holy orders, and was beneficed. In 1623 he took his degrees in divinity, and had acquired considerable reputation as a poet. He died in Otterden, Kent, where he was beneficed, October (or November), 1647. His works are, Threnodia, sive Pandionium, being elegies and epitaphs on queen Anne of Denmark, to whom he had been chaplain: — Paloe-Albion, or History of Great Britain (Lond. 1621, fol.): — Genethliacon, sive Stemma Regis Jacobi (ibid. 1630, fol.): — The Psalms of David, in Foure Languages — Hebrew, Greek, Latin, and English (1652, 16mo), in four parts, set to music, etc. See Burney, Hist. of Music; Chalmers, Biog. Dict. s.v.

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