See also:born at
See also:Chartres in 1546 . As secretary to the
See also:bishop of Le
See also:Puy he visited Italy, where he gained a knowledge of
See also:poetry afterwards turned to
See also:good account . On his return to France he attached himself to the duke of
See also:Anjou, and followed him to Warsaw on his election as
See also:king of Poland . Nine months in Poland satisfied the civilized
See also:Desportes, but in 1574 his
See also:patron became king of France as
See also:Henry III . He showered favours on the poet, who received, in
See also:reward for the skill with Which he wrote occasional poems at the royal
See also:request, the abbey of Tiron and four other valuable benefices . A good example of the
See also:light and dainty
See also:verse in which Desportes excelled is furnished by the well-known
See also:villanelle with the refrain " Qui premier s'en repentira," which was on the lips of Henry, duke of Guise, just before his tragic
See also:death . Desportes was above all an imitator . He imitated
See also:Sannazaro, and still more closely the minor Italian poets, and in 16o4 a number of his plagiarisms were exposed in the Rencontres
See also:des Muses de France et d'Italie . As a sonneteer he showed much
See also:grace and sweetness, and
See also:English poets borrowed freely from him . In his old age Desportes acknowledged his ecclesiastical preferment by a
See also:translation of the Psalms remembered chiefly for the brutal mot of
See also:Malherbe: " Votre potage vaut mieux que vos psaumes." Desportes died on the 5th of
See also:October 16o6 . He had published in 1573 an edition of his
See also:works including Diane,
See also:Les Amours d'Hippolyte, Elegies, Bergeries, fEuvres chretiennes, &c . An edition of his fEuvres, by
See also:Alfred Michiels, appeared in 1858 .
HUGH LE DESPENSER (d. 1265)
DESPOT (Gr. Sc-va6rgs, lord or master; the origin o...
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