Tusser, Thomas

(?1524-1580)
   Born in Rivenhall, Essex, he was a chorister, firstly in the collegiate chapel of the castle of Wallingford, Berkshire, then at St. Paul's Cathedral. His education continued at Eton College, at King's College, and Trinity Hall, Cambridge, then for ten years he was musician in the service of William, 1st Baron Paget of Beaudesart (1505-1563), Secretary of State and Lord Privy Seal at Exeter Place, London. He married and settled as a farmer at Cattiwade, Suffolk, near the river Stour, where he wrote a Hundreth Good Pointes of Husbandrie (1557). Although this poem of 48 chapters, in rhyming couplets, is about the country year, it contains many proverbs, advice to husbands and wives, and is full of humor and wise maxims on conduct in general. He had to seek refuge in Trinity Hall from the Great Plague of 1572-1573, and died at Chesterton, Cambridgeshire. Some of his other poems: "A Sonnet to the Lady Paget," "Certain table lessons," "Of the omnipotence of God, and debility of man," "Posies for thine own bed chamber," "The Authors Life," "The Winds," "Upon the Author's First Seven Years' Service."
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