Sayers, Frank

(1763-1817)
   Born in London, he was educated at North Walsham, Norfolk, where he was a contemporary of Admiral Lord Nelson, and at Palgrave, Suffolk, where he made the acquaintance of his lifelong friend William Taylor (see entry). He studied medicine in London and Edinburgh, graduated M.D. from Harderwyck, Netherlands, and returned to Norwich at the end of 1789. He abandoned medicine and entered upon a literary career; in 1790 he published the poems Dramatic Sketches of Northern Mythology and the tragedies Moina, Starno, and The Descent of Frea. A later version included "Ode to Aurora, Pandora." In 1803 he published Nugæ Poeticæ, chiefly versifications of Jack the Giant-Killer and Guy of Warwick. He also published learned treatises on Saxon literature and early English history. He died at Norwich and a mural monument was erected to his memory in Norwich Cathedral. Some of his other poems: "Ode to Bacchus," "Ode to Morning," "The Constant Lover," "The Despairing Lover," "The Dying African," "The Jilted Lover," "The Song of Danae," "To Chaucer," "To Chloe Too Cold," "To Chloe Too Warm," "To the Grasshopper."
   Sources: Dictionary of National Biography. Electronic Edition 1.1. Oxford University Press, 1997. English Poetry: Author Search. Chadwyck-Healey Ltd., 1995 (http://www.lib.utexas.edu:8080/search/epoetry/author.html). Poetical Works of Frank Sayers. W. Simpkin and R. Marshall, 1830. Stanford University Libraries and Academic Information Resources (http://library.stanford.edu).

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