Beedome, Thomas

(d. ?1641)
   Though little is known of his life, he is the author of a little volume of verses, songs, epistles, epigrams, elegies, and devotional poems, published posthumously in 1641 under the title Poems Divine and Humane, edited by Henry Glapthorne (see entry). The chief poem is entitled "The Jealous Lover, or the Constant Maid." "The Choyce" tells of his love for a maiden who might not be beautiful, or who may even be deformed; what matters is her soul that is beautiful. The phrase that keeps repeating is, "What care I?" Some of his other poems: "The Broken Heart," "The Petition," "The Question and Answer," "To the Noble Sir Francis Drake."
   Sources: Dictionary of National Biography. Electronic Edition 1.1. Oxford University Press, 1997. The Oxford Book of Short Poems. P.J. Kavanagh and James Michie, eds. Oxford University Press, 1985. Stanford University Libraries and Academic Information Resources (http://library.stan ford.edu). The Columbia Granger's Index to Poetry. 11th ed. The Columbia Granger's World of Poetry, Columbia University Press, 2005 (http://www.columbiagrangers.org).

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