5th December 1595 - Henry Lawes born at Dinton

Henry_Lawes_-_My_lute_within_thy_self._(BL_Add_MS_53723_f._3v).jpg Henry Lawes (5 December 1595 – 21 October 1662) was an English musician and composer.

He was famous for: - Ayres and Dialogues for One, Two and Three Voyces - friendship with Milton, who wrote a sonnet below about him

Milton’s poem is:

To Mr. H. Lawes, on the publishing his Airs* by John Milton Harry, whose tuneful and well measured song First taught our English music how to span Words, with just note and accent, not to scan With Midas' ears, committing short and long; Thy worth and skill exempts thee from the throng, With praise enough for Envy to look wan; To after age thou shalt be writ the man, That with smooth air, could'st humour best our tongue. Thou honour'st verse, and verse must lend her wing To honour thee, the priest of Phoebus' quire, That tunest their happiest lines in hymn, or story. Dante shall give Fame leave to set thee higher Than his Casella, whom he woo'd to sing, Met in the milder shades of Purgatory[1].

Both Henry Lawes and his brother John were buried in Westminster Abbey[2].

Image credit

The sheet music is Henry Lawes’ original.According to Wikimedia, ‘This file has been provided by the British Library from its digital collections.’ and ‘his image (or other media file) is in the public domain because its copyright has expired.’ See via Wikimedia Commons


[1] John Milton: Sonnet XIII: To Mr. H. Lawes on his Airs

[2] Henry and John Lawes - Westminster Abbey