Ralph Knevet

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Ralph Knevet (1600-1671) was an English clergyman and poet.

Knevet was a member of the Knevet family of Norfolk.[1] He was admitted at Peterhouse, Cambridge on 13 September 1617 aged 16 and was awarded LLB in 1624.[2] He joined the family of Sir WIlliam Paston, probably as a chaplain or tutor.[3]

Knevet was an avowed disciple of George Herbert, and was described as a "learned and spasmodically talented poet".[4] He wrote the play Rhodon and Iris dedicated to Nicholas Bacon and presented it at the Florist's Feast in Norwich on 3 May 1631.[5] In 1633 he authored the MS. Supplement of the Faery Queene in Three Books. In 1637 he composed Funeral Elegies to Lady Paston and in 1638 travelled with the Paston family to Rome. His Gallery to the Temple was composed in the 1640s. Among his shorter works was a poem dedicated to Sir Charles le Gross, who married Muriel Knyvet, daughter of Sir Thomas Knyvet.[6]

St Margaret church, Lyng

Knevet took Holy Orders and became Rector of Lyng, Norfolk in 1652 and remained there for the rest of his life. He died in 1671 aged 71 and was buried in the chancel of Lyng church.[7]


  • A discourse of militarie discipline. 1628.[8]
  • Rhodon and Isis: a pastorall. 1631.
  • Supplement to the Faery Queen in three books
  • Funerall elegies; consecrated to the memory of the Lady K. Paston. 1637.
  • A gallery to the temple: lyrical poems upon sacred occasions
  • Shorter poems


  1. ^ Berry, Herbert (1967). "Review". Renaissance Quarterly. Jstor.org. 20 (4): 512–514. doi:10.2307/2859183. JSTOR 2859183.
  2. ^ "Knevet, Ralph (KNVT617R)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
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  4. ^ C. A. Patrides (1995). George Herbert: The Critical Heritage. ISBN 9780415134132. Retrieved 2015-11-18.
  5. ^ Gerard Langbaine (1691). "An Account of the English Dramatick Poets: Or, Some Observations and Remarks ..." p. 316. Retrieved 2015-11-18.
  6. ^ "The Shorter Poems of Ralph Knevet :: :: University of Virginia Library". Xtf.lib.virginia.edu. Retrieved 2015-11-18.
  7. ^ "Eynford Hundred: Ling | British History Online". British-history.ac.uk. Retrieved 2015-11-18.
  8. ^ "A Discourse Of Militarie Discipline by Ralph Knevet - Famous poems, famous poets. - All Poetry". Oldpoetry.com. Retrieved 2015-11-18.