Quodliblets Lately Come Over from New Britaniola, Old Newfoundland by Robert Hayman – Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons/Ambassador Neelix
CAIRO - 14 August 2017: Today celebrates the birthday of 16th century Canadian poet, Robert Hayman who was born in 1575.
Hayman became invested in poetry during his time at Lincoln’s Inn Honorable Society, where he received his Bachelor’s of Arts. He also graduated from the Exeter College, Oxford University, in 1590.
Despite his interest in poetry, Hayman was also the governor of the then British territory, Harbour Grace colony in Newfoundland, Canada, from 1618 to 1628. During his time at Newfoundland, Hayman wrote a book of epigrams and verse called 'Quodliblets Lately Come Over from New Britaniola, Old Newfoundland.'
Hayman died of a sudden fever during his trip through Oyapock/Oiapoque River on a canoe. He was buried on October 17, 1629, a year after leaving governance.
Here are some experts from Quodliblets:
Book 1. No. 117
A Skeltonicall continued ryme, in praise of my New-found-land
Although in cloaths, company, buildings faire,
With England, New-found-land cannot compare:
Did some know what contentment I found there,
Alwayes enough, most times somewhat to spare,
With little paines, lesse toyle, and lesser care,
Exempt from taxings, ill newes, Lawing, feare,
If cleane, and warme, no matter what you weare,
Healthy and wealthy, if men carefull are,
With much much more, then I will now declare,
(I say) if some wise men knew what this were,
(I doe beleeve) they'd live no other where.
Book 2. No 101
To the first Planters of New-found-land
What ayme you at in your Plantation?
Sought you the Honour of our Nation?
Or did you hope to raise your owne renowne?
Or else to adde a Kindome to a Crowne?
Or Christs true Doctrine for to propagate?
Or drawe Salvages to a blessed state?
Or our o're peopled Kingdome to relieve?
Or shew poore men where they may richly live?
Or poore mens children godly to maintaine?
Or aym'd you at your owne sweete private gaine?
All these you had atchiv'd before this day,
And all these you have balk't by your delay.
Book 3 No. 18
Reasons for the taking of Tobacco.
Since most Phisicions drinke Tobacco still,
And they of nature haue th'exactest skill,
Why should I thinke it for my body ill?
And since most Preachers of our Nation,
Tobacco drinke with moderation,
Why should I feare of prophanation?
Yet if that I take it intemperately,
My soule and body may be hurt thereby.