Definition of Campion, Thomas

Reviewed on 6/3/2021

Campion, Thomas: (1567-1620) English physician, poet, and composer. Campion first studied law, but had little sympathy with, or respect for, legal studies. He then spent 3 years (1602-1605) on the Continent and received the M.D. degree from the University of Caen in 1605. After returning to England, Campion practiced as a doctor in London from 1606 until his death in 1620, probably from the plague. Campion's literary output included poetry, songs, and treatises on poetry.

He wrote in both Latin and English:

Nunc omnes quoque musicum, et poetam
Agnoscunt, medicumque Campianum.

(Now they all recognize Campion
the musician, the poet and the doctor.)

Epigram 167, Book I by Thomas Campion


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