More, Henry

More, Henry
   Born into a strong Calvinist family from Grantham, Lincolnshire, he was educated at Eton College School and at Christ's College, Cambridge. He graduated M.A. in 1639, the same year as he was ordained and elected a fellow, then spent almost the whole of his life at Christ's College, preferring a life of solitude and contemplation and music. He was one of the Cambridge Platonists, a group of antiCalvinist divines who strove to establish a strictly rational basis for ethics and religion based on Plato's philosophy. Although More shrank from political controversy, he did not hesitate to use the church liturgy both in public and private when during the Commonwealth it was a crime to do so. He wrote poetry, hymns, and deeply religious and philosophical works. He died at Cambridge and was buried in the Christ's College chapel. In 1647, he published Philosophical Poems, and his Divine Hymns were published in 1706. Some of his poems: "A Platonick Song of the Soul," "Charity and Humility," "Cupids Conflict," "Devotion," "Eternal Life," "Psychozoia, or, the Life of the Soul," "Resolution," "The Oracle."
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