Poet, born in London, England, UK. He studied at Cambridge, and was publishing poetry at the age of 15. During the Civil War he went with the queen to Paris, was sent on Royalist missions, and carried on her correspondence in cipher with the king. After the Restoration (1660), he retired to Chertsey. His main works were the influential Pindarique Odes (1656), and his unfinished epic on King David, Davideis (1656).