John Davies of Hereford was a writing-master and an Anglo-Welsh poet. He referred to himself as John Davies of Hereford in order to him from others of the same name, particularly the contemporary poet. Davies wrote very copiously on theological and philosophical themes and he also wrote many epigrams on his contemporaries which have some historical interest. The complete works of John Davies of Hereford was for the first time collected and edited, with introduction, notes and illustrations, glossarial index. Grosart indicated for several of the poems that there was only one extant copy known and this attribution goes against scholarly consensus, and in particular studies by Kenneth Muir, Eliot Slater and MacDonald P. This article incorporates text from a now in the public domain, Cousin. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature, london, J. M. Dent & Sons. Wikisource Specific John Davies of Hereford Encyclopædia Britannica
Portrait from title page of The Writing Schoolemaster 2nd ed. (1636)
Title page of The Scourge of Folly (1625 edition), depicting Wit scourging Folly mounted on the back of Time.