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Giles Fletcher the Younger
Giles Fletcher (also known as Giles Fletcher, The Younger) (born 1586?, London?; died Alderton, Suffolk, 1623) was an English poet chiefly known for his long allegorical poem Christ's Victory and Triumph (1610). Educated at Westminster School and Trinity College, Cambridge, he remained in Cambridge after his ordination becoming reader in the Greek language in 1616, and in 1619 left to become rector of Alderton in Suffolk. His principal work has the full title Christ's Victorie and Triumph, in Heaven, in Earth, over and after Death, and consists of four cantos. The first canto, Christ's Victory in Heaven, represents a dispute in heaven between justice and mercy, using the facts of Christ's life on earth; the second, Christ's Victory on Earth, deals with an allegorical account of Christ's Temptation; the third, Christ's Triumph over Death, covers the Passion; and the fourth, Christ's Triumph after Death, covering the Resurrection and Ascension, ends with an affectionate eulogy of his brother Phineas as Thyrsilis. The meter is an eight-line stanza in the style of Spenser; the first five lines rhyme ababb, and the stanza concludes with a rhyming triplet. Milton borrowed liberally from Christ's Victory and Triumph in Paradise Regained.

christ's triumph after death
But now the second Morning, from her bow'r,
Began to glister in her beams, and now
The ros... [read poem]
hence, all you vain delights
Hence, all you vain delights,
As short as are the nights
Wherein you spend your folly,... [read poem]
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